Cricket on Film
When cricket is played, it seems as if summer will never end. And when cricket is filmed, summer can last for ever.
Today’s multi-camera TV coverage brings us every moment and detail of the game. But in earlier times capturing it on film was fraught with difficulty: the long playing time, the distance from boundary to wicket, finding the best angle. Film, though, preserves and evokes cricket's past more vividly than any almanac. Cricket is obsessed with its own traditions and history, its records and personalities. This collection of films, shot for newsreels, documentaries or personal recollection, contains all that and much more. Through cricket, we can see the social history of our nation, its class structures and regional differences, and beyond that, the story of Britain’s empire and its colonial legacy.
Seeing them in action brings the record books to life and reveals the batting skills and bowling actions that secured their place in cricket's pantheon.
Tests and Tours
It's cricket's ultimate challenge: an intense, five-day battle against the best in the world, many miles from home.
The County Game
The tradition that won't die: county cricket may be under threat, but its greatest days will always live on film.
Away from the county grounds, in the park or on the village green, on the beach or in the street, cricket is a social occasion.
Prince Ranjitsinhji Practising Batting at the NetsPrince Ranjitsinhji Practising Batting at the Nets
Probably the first ever cricket film: Indian cricketing royalty prepares for the first test between England and Australia at Sydney.
Sevenoaks Vine Cricket Club hosts a women's cricket match between the Kent XI and the touring Australian team.
Short documentary201612 mins
Cricketing legend Mike Atherton joins BFI senior curator Steve Bryant on a tour through a century of cricket on film.
Amateur film19607 minsSilent Location: Horley
First-class big-hitters from the county team, including Rupert Webb, take on Horley in this exciting colour film from 1960’s Sussex
Non-Fiction19019 minsSilent Location: Old Trafford Cricket Ground
Did he bowl or did he throw? A fascinating record of an early cricketing controversy.
Amateur film196313 minsSilent Location: Hove
Cricket legends abound in Hove as Sussex play the West Indies during their 1963 tour of the UK
Sport19717 mins Location: Kingston upon Hull
Can frail womanhood cope playing such a hardy sport as cricket? Abso-blooming-lutely! So says England Women’s captain Rachael Heyhoe Flint.
Non-Fiction19251 minsSilent Location: Richmond
Women cricketers slog their male counterparts to the boundary in this fixture between Cobham Ladies and Manor Athletic in Richmond
Amateur film19635 minsSilent Location: Hove
High up on the Downs above Hove a women's cricket team enjoy a match, a chat and even a quick smoke while a dog makes off with a handbag
Sport19765 mins Location: Hemel Hempstead
Women cricketers are just as tough as the men, and no, despite rumours, they don’t wear coconut shells to protect themselves during matchplay!
Non-Fiction19291 minsSilent Location: Sunbury
Action from a women's game of cricket in Sunbury, with one of the teams consisting of workers at Lyons Corner Houses.
Amateur film198513 minsSilent Location: Southampton
A centenary of cricket at Hampshire's County Ground is celebrated - with Australia topping the bill
Amateur film19559 minsSilent Location: Colden Common
This nostalgic film from Jack Francis captures the essence of village cricket as Colden Common battles it out with Twyford in 1955
Great Local Derby, Accrington v Church Cricket Match (1902)Great Local Derby, Accrington v Church Cricket Match (1902)
Non-Fiction19025 minsSilent Location: Accrington
Rare film record of an Edwardian local league cricket game between two Lancashire sides.
Non-Fiction19404 minsSilent Location: Bradford
A film of two halves, beginning with the citizens of Bradford wandering through a city centre ravaged by the bombs of the Luftwaffe, and then enjoying a leisurely game of cricket.
Amateur film193915 minsSilent
John P Howard's superb film shows how cricket bats are made as well as a variety of other stories like cutting records to Air Ministers at Hendon
Cobbler Makes Cricket Boots for World's Cricket StarsCobbler Makes Cricket Boots for World's Cricket Stars
News19723 mins Location: Northampton
Anglia TV visit the world famous cobbler for cricketers, Albert Whiting, in his Northampton shop.
Sport19713 mins Location: Chelmsford
Lancashire and England cricketer David “Bumble” Lloyd is far from 'bowled over' by the idea of the introduction of a new headguard. Anglia TV.