The South West Film and Television Archive (SWFTA) is the regional film archive for the South West of England. Established in 1993, SWFTA's core collection comprises of the combined programme libraries of Westward Television and TSW (Television South West). The archive also cares for a significant number of donated film collections, both amateur and professional, dating back to the early 1900s.
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A Trip to Totnes
The unique town of Totnes is described for viewers
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TV reporter Clive Gunnell visits Totnes to look at the houses, the castle, the church and historic remains such as the water troughs. Today the town has a large New Age community and bohemian atmosphere with a reputation as a centre for learning, the arts and alternative lifestyles. A sign into the town used to read Twinned with Narnia, the fictional land described in C.S. Lewis' novels.
The name Totnes derives from old English tot to mean lookout or hill and ness for marshland. The first history surrounding Totnes is linked to its castle built in 907 by King Edward the Elder. A market town near the River Dart, by 1523 Totnes was the richest town in Devon and ranked 16th in importance in England.
News 1966 2 mins Silent Location: Totnes
The Mexican Fiesta hits town and brings with it Aztec glory and sombreros!
News 1970 6 mins Location: Totnes
Fred Chaulk remembers the Totnes workhouse of the 1920s
News 1962 1 mins Silent Location: Totnes
The Earl of Devon opens Grazing new animal feed mill in Totnes
News 1963 1 mins Silent Location: Totnes
How to train your dog
Amateur film 1975 33 mins Silent Location: Rainhill
Come and see Rocket 150, and visit a selection of railway locations, past and preserved.
News 1977 7 mins Location: Totnes
My boomerang won't come back - Boomerang Hugo attempts world record in Totnes
Charity appeal 1939 10 mins
Long thought lost, this Powell-directed promotional short for a veteran’s charity was only rediscovered in 2003.
Drama 2023 2 mins
A group of young Black boys run into a building. One of them is about to do the unimaginable.
Romance 2023 2 mins
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Documentary 1941 6 mins
A poignant, stirring letter from a recently deceased pilot to his mother is read by John Gielgud.
Comedy 2023 2 mins
En-route to her hen weekend, bride-to-be Faye kills the vibe with a bombshell confession.
Documentary 2023 2 mins
An insight into Daytimers, the South Asian DJ collective that are breaking new ground in Britain.