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Limp-haired lover Betty rekindles romance with dashing Dick by swapping to Amami Shampoo and Wave Set in this 1930s advertising film.
The Lost Highway
A wandering warrior dreams of a new form of expression, in this promo for UNKLE’s album The Road: Part II / Lost Highway Pt. II directed by Warren Du Preez and Nick Thornton Jones.
School programme and Educational film194624 minsSilent
A fascinating look at how a cricket bat is professionally crafted, by hand, in 1946, from its beginnings as a willow tree.
Love on the Range
An animated Western mock-opera about Horlicks? Bring it on!
Animation & Artists Moving Image20186 mins
A comedic look at how our brains can keep us awake at night and the mercurial nature of memory.
Documentary197825 mins Location: Norwich
A fascinating insight into the early work of the Climatic Research Unit at the University of East Anglia 6 years after it's foundation by Professor Hubert H. Lamb in 1972.
Pretty in Pink 1920s style: an innovatively hand-coloured cinema advert for Twink dye.
Pont Pill Monument
Current affairs19775 mins Location: Fowey
Divers have raised a large monument stone from the riverbed at Pont Pill Creek in Cornwall.
Symphony in Colour (Persil Advert)
Super soft-sell Persil ad, in the guise of a lush Technicolor essay on colour itself.
Harp - Ronnie Barker (Version 1)
Ronnie Barker of The Two Ronnies advises viewers to stock up with some cans of Harp lager in this chirpy early seventies TV advert.
The Whisky of His Ancestors
Dewar’s were so proud of making one of the world’s first cinema ads, they recycled it seven decades later
The magic of a real solar eclipse filmed by a famous magician