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Amazons at the Wicket
Women cricketers slog their male counterparts to the boundary in this fixture between Cobham Ladies and Manor Athletic in Richmond
Non-Fiction 1925 1 mins Silent
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Mildly patronising title aside, this film shows that the women cricketers of Cobham Ladies could play a bit, enjoying what the caption writer calls a “keen and stylish game” against a men’s team called Manor Athletic. A female bowler is shown bowling full-pelt and there’s a close-up of a wicket-keeper taking a catch, followed by footage of the women’s team at the crease, slogging a couple of tidy shots to mid-on.
Cricket on Film
Prince Ranjitsinhji Practising Batting at the Nets Prince Ranjitsinhji Practising Batting at the Nets
Sport 1897 1 mins Silent
Probably the first ever cricket film: Indian cricketing royalty prepares for the first test between England and Australia at Sydney.
Sport 1980 6 mins Location: Taunton
Interview with International and Somerset cricketers Ian Botham and Viv Richards
Animation & Artists Moving Image 1924 1 mins Silent
Rain may stop play, but never the British sense of humour.
1951 1 mins Silent
Sevenoaks Vine Cricket Club hosts a women's cricket match between the Kent XI and the touring Australian team.
Short documentary 2016 12 mins
Cricketing legend Mike Atherton joins BFI senior curator Steve Bryant on a tour through a century of cricket on film.
Amateur film 1960 7 mins Silent 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-Fiction 1928 1 mins Silent Location: Richmond
Countess Haig, beaming, opens a block of flats for disabled ex-service employees at the Poppy Factory in Richmond.
Amateur film 1940 2 mins Silent Location: Richmond
The Army rugby squad take on the Empire team in this fast-paced World War 2 match at Richmond Athletic Ground
Amateur film 1955 8 mins Silent Location: Richmond
Join the Torrens family as they cram in as many sights as possible in their short trip to London - taking in Windsor Castle, Kew Gardens, the Tower of London and polar bears
Travelogue 1949 11 mins Location: Kew
A picturesque look at the attractions in Surrey, including Kew Gardens, Wimbledon and Guildford
Travelogue 1911 7 mins Silent Location: York
A chance to see England’s highest waterfall in fall force, a wonderful long gone watermill, and the Shambles in York, pre-tourism.
Amateur film 1967 12 mins Silent Location: Ramsgate
Join the jolly crew aboard this cabin cruiser as it journeys from Ramsgate to Richmond in John Clague's fascinating maritime epic
Documentary 2019 16 mins
Three years after their father passed, a family of four women come together through a series of phone calls spanning over three months.
Animation & Artists Moving Image 2017 4 mins
A comedy-drama animation about two best friends growing up in the same world but experiencing it completely differently.
Drama 2018 8 mins
Samona Olanipekun explores the concepts of home, identity and belonging, from the starting point of the theme of globalisation.
Drama 2017 16 mins
Compelling story of a complex relationship between an imperious father and his son.
Documentary 2020 28 mins
Three African American fathers unravel the incomparable partnership of forgiveness and community.
Music video 2019 8 mins
A conceptual film following musical artist Jords’ quest to serendipity. The Tree of Life’ is the cornerstone of the film as he battles to triumph through grief.
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