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Bitterne Traffic Scheme
On the buses in Southampton, as this traffic scheme tried to end commuter misery by prioritising public transport
Documentary 1974 15 mins
Convinced that every traffic scheme is designed to turn the lights red just as you approach? This breakdown of a new traffic scheme on a bottleneck route into Southampton reveals just how complex these systems can be. Aimed at town planners rather than longsuffering commuters, the "bigger picture" of 90,000 man hours saved annually means more than the somewhat underwhelming 3 minute improvement to daily journey times for the average punter.
This government film is a public record, preserved and presented by the BFI National Archive on behalf of The National Archives, home to more than 1,000 years of British history.
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Christmas in Belfast at the height of 'The Troubles'. Not the most wonderful time of year.
Amateur film 1935 12 mins Silent Location: Glasgow
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Documentary 1956 32 mins Location: Soho
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Swansea, Victoria - Pontardulais Railway, 1964 (June) Swansea, Victoria - Pontardulais Railway, 1964 (June)
Amateur film 1964 12 mins Location: Pontarddulais
“It would be difficult to find a more lovely train journey”, declares Swansea’s Librarian, the film-maker and narrator. Prepare to be beguiled, station by station.
Non-Fiction 1904 3 mins Location: Walton-on-Thames
Midsummer haymaking larks
Advert 1975 21 mins Location: Southampton
Enjoy this kaleidoscope of images taken aboard the MS Vistafjord - for an exclusive holiday cruise setting sail from Southampton
1900 1 mins Silent Location: Southampton
Volunteers prepare for the long journey to South Africa
Non-Fiction 1900 1 mins Location: Southampton
City Imperial Volunteers head for the Boer War battleground
Non-Fiction 1899 1 mins Location: Southampton
This close view of departing troops gets up close and personal with soldiers off to the Boer War.
Documentary 1899 1 mins Location: Southampton
With grim news from the Boer War, a popular military commander is given a fond farewell as he leaves to take command
The 'Roslin Castle' (Troopship) Leaving for South Africa The 'Roslin Castle' (Troopship) Leaving for South Africa
Non-Fiction 1899 2 mins Location: Southampton
The 2nd Battalion West Yorkshires head off to join the Boer War
Drama 2019 26 mins
Arkita believes herself to be be modern, liberal and independent. An unprecedented encounter with a transgender sex worker questions her beliefs.
National Blood Service: Chief Executive's up-date, November 2001 National Blood Service: Chief Executive's up-date, November 2001
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Martin Gorham presents a video update to his staff, outlining some of his department's past achievements and upcoming challenges.
Animation & Artists Moving Image 2020 10 mins
In a madcap musical, a 'cat'-stronaut travels the galaxy looking for the meaning of life and encounters a space pup eager to help.
2003 1 mins
A longer version of the famously icky anti-smoking promo in which cigarettes ooze fat.
Public Information Filler 2003 1 mins
“If you care, show it” - is the message to encourage voting in the Scottish elections, long before the galvanising independence referendum of 2014.
Short documentary 2021 4 mins
A South Asian gaze on representation, inequality and discrimination in UK film and TV, set against the backdrop of the casting room.