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1935 Silver Jubilee

A dazzling portrait of Stepney in high spirits, celebrating the 25-year reign of King George V.

Non-Fiction 1935 11 mins Silent


Every frame of this dazzling film of Stepney's 1935 jubilee celebrations is a visual treat, from the hordes of excitable children pouring into the Ben Hur cinema to the eccentrically fancy-dressed locals dancing through the streets. Made professionally to be shown at the cinema, this slice of East End life has survived remarkably well - its wonderfully crisp images could almost have been taken yesterday.

The Ben Hur cinema, since demolished, was allegedly where a young Alfred Hitchcock first experienced the magic of moving pictures.