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Any Man's Kingdom
An attempt to capture the variety of life in Northumberland, and in particular something of the county's heart-warming atmosphere.
Travelogue 1956 21 mins
No film can present a complete picture of any one of the English counties, and Northumberland in particular presents any director with a dilemma. It offers such a variety of scenery and history, such a rich fullness of life to its residents and visitors that choice of subject matter is more than usually difficult. In making Any Man’s Kingdom the producers have attempted to include aspects of the county which not only illustrate this variety, but which also conjure up something of the heart-warming Northumbrian atmosphere.
At a trial screening it was brought to the unit’s attention after an outburst of conversation mid-film that a sequence showing passengers travelling by train to the town would soon be rendered out of date as the Commission had announced that the local line was soon to be closed. A hurried film crew was organised and the sequence re-shot, this time with passengers travelling to town by bus!
Non-Fiction 1902 2 mins Silent
A flurry of activity at Wexford Railway Station as passengers alight an Edwardian steam train.
News 1976 2 mins Silent Location: Bicton Park
Bicton Woodland Railway reopens to passengers for the summer season
Amateur film 1953 5 mins Silent Location: Peterchurch
Railway services on the Golden Valley line in Herefordshire slip into history.
Travelogue 1964 11 mins Location: Aberystwyth
12 miles of magic as we journey on the Vale of Rheidol Railway, one of the Great Little Trains of Wales
Travelogue 1953 21 mins Location: York
The Stationmaster at York guides us through a typical day, from dawn to dusk.
Drama 1960 22 mins
Cinema star Donald Houston recalls his memories of railways and the romance of the Welsh landscape.
Amateur film 1954 30 mins Silent Location: Bellingham
A magical travelogue of Northumberland proves it’s not all grim up North.
Promotional 1974 34 mins Location: River Aln
Quiet reflection on angling and the craft of elegant cane rods from the famous Hardy Brothers of Alnwick.
Documentary 1964 25 mins Location: Seaton Sluice
A fishing rod is a stick with a hook at one end, and a fool at the other.
1955 17 mins Location: Brighton
Kids face the closure of their Brighton playground but fight back to reclaim it, with a little help from the iconic Volks Railway
Children's 1954 59 mins Location: Goudhurst
Child actor Mandy Miller shines in this children's adventure set in the traditional hop picking season in Kent.
Short documentary 2020 19 mins
All Andy and Ben want to do is play basketball. When they join the under 16s league the boys and their new teammates take on opponents from around Yorkshire, and the challenges of growing up in inner city Leeds.
Musical 2019 13 mins
Exploring the conversation black people face when communicating their racial experience to white partners through a dynamic fusion of dance and dialogue.
Drama 2021 9 mins
Penny is experiencing post-millennium angst in Manchester. She is on the verge of a mental breakdown. Overweight and on the edge, an ordinary visit to the doctor becomes extraordinary.
Drama 2020 10 mins
A short but poignant piece on what it feels like to lose faith and trust in a friend.