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Birthday For Peter
Peter’s birthday is one his suffering parents would rather forget in this harrowing film from the Sevenoaks Cine Society
Amateur film 1958 9 mins Silent
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It's Peter's birthday and Mum wakes him with cards and presents. After breakfast he goes off to school, with his toy locomotive, but fails to return at 4 o'clock. While she searches around the neighbourhood, Dad arrives home to an empty house. We see Peter in the grip of a sinister man and struggling to get away. His parents keep searching and finally call the police but it doesn't look good. Suddenly, we see Mum wake up and dash into Peter's room. He's quite safe. It was all a dream!
Amateur film 1936 16 mins Silent Location: Plas Newydd
Catapult-wielding democrats take on wader-wearing fascists in this ‘Plas Newydd’ drama filmed by the Marquis of Anglesey.
Amateur film 1932 13 mins Silent Location: Bournemouth
In this bizarre 1932 short film produced by the Bournemouth Cine Society, a swastika pendant becomes a plot device in a kidnapping drama.
Amateur film 1979 7 mins Location: Eastbourne
A sophisticated bookish blonde proves to be a murderer’s nemesis in this atmospheric thriller-with-a-twist from the Eastbourne Cine Group
Amateur film 1963 11 mins Silent Location: West Boldon
Buckle up for some asphalt angst on a tense 1960s road trip on and off the A19.
Amateur film 1937 13 mins Silent Location: Newcastle upon Tyne
A valuable necklace is stolen – but where is the thief?
Amateur film 1959 8 mins Location: Surrey
There are echoes of Fritz Lang in this short film about a shadowy figure following a child through woodland - but what is his true purpose?
Amateur film 1954 17 mins Silent Location: Sevenoaks
Sevenoaks Cine Society puts on the glitz at its annual dinner dance - with fifties fashions, waltzing and silly games involving eggs and spoons
Sevenoaks Cricket Bicentenary Week July 16-21, 1934 Sevenoaks Cricket Bicentenary Week July 16-21, 1934
Amateur film 1934 6 mins Silent Location: Sevenoaks
Sevenoaks celebrates the bicentenary of the cricket match between the Gentlemen of Kent and Gentlemen of Sussex
Amateur film 1937 16 mins Silent Location: Sevenoaks
They're on the march in wartime Sevenoaks in this delightful wartime film from the Sevenoaks Cine Society. There are speeches, parades and even fun and games for the kids.
Cinemagazine 1966 14 mins Location: Sevenoaks
If your interests happen to include rainwear, concrete in Africa, science in Sevenoaks, and gbedu drum music, then this is your lucky day...
Amateur film 1930 12 mins Silent Location: Sevenoaks
An innovative amateur filmmaker takes such pride in the expansion of the family firm that every stage of the new build is captured.
Industry sponsored film 1960 24 mins
A new luxury express is put through its paces. This film looks over the shoulders of the select band of craftsmen, engineers and operators, whose combined skills try to ensure that a train journey is a delightful experience.
Documentary 1973 15 mins
British Transport Films record the varied daily lives of their neighbours as seen from the high roof of their building in London’s Marylebone.
Travelogue 1953 21 mins Location: York
The Stationmaster at York guides us through a typical day, from dawn to dusk.
Industry sponsored film 1957 20 mins
Illustrating the efficiency of express freight trains, and how they link manufacturers with their customers at the other end of Britain.
Documentary 1952 30 mins
Examining a day in the life of what was then the busiest railway system in the world – British Railways.
Industry sponsored film 1957 9 mins
A 1957 film examining the future for British Railways, and some of the opportunities provided by a new modernisation plan.
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