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Boat Race That Wasn't
Oxford and Cambridge battle it out in traditional fashion on the River Thames.
Non-Fiction 1925 4 mins Silent
Topical Budget's intrepid camera crew take to the water for the annual University boat race - a firm sporting favourite and focus for inter-university rivalry. 1925 was an eventful year as the Oxford team were caught short at Hammersmith when their boat became waterlogged, leaving Cambridge to secure a hollow victory. Not the first time a boat had sunk during the race: in 1912 a gale forced both teams under.
Unusually long by Topical Budget’s standards, the extended coverage of this newsreel item reflects both the popularity of the event and the logistical achievements of the film crew who went some lengths to capture the action.
Industry sponsored film 1963 5 mins Silent Location: Hammersmith
London Transport engineers experiment with two options for the automatic ticket gates being developed for the Victoria line.
Amateur film 1958 7 mins Silent Location: Hackney
Hackney Downs School Cadets in athletics training and competition, filmed by teacher Joe Brearley.
1977 13 mins Location: Hammersmith
Environmentalists wage war on the Greater London Council in this eye-opening account of a battle to save Hammersmith's open spaces.
Official Opening of the Classic Hammersmith including Hammersmith Regatta News Reel Official Opening of the Classic Hammersmith including Hammersmith Regatta News Reel
Non-Fiction 1951 5 mins Location: Hammersmith
Who needs the Boat Race? Not Hammersmith, with its own regatta - complete with greasy pole competition. Nearby, the Classic Cinema reopens to fanfare.
School programme and Educational film 1961 37 mins Location: Hammersmith
Watch – and learn – as the massive Hammersmith Flyover miraculously rises over Hammersmith Broadway during its complex construction period.
Factual TV 1967 7 mins Location: Stevenage
In the 21st year following the first New Town designation to Stevenage, Anglia TV report on the quality of life of two of its residents, also 21, London-born Russell and David.
Documentary 1922 68 mins Silent
Potent record of the 1921 Shackleton-Rowett Antarctic expedition, marked by the death of Sir Ernest Shackleton.
1930 62 mins
Unreleased footage of an expedition in Bolivia, filmed by British explorer and naturalist JC Bee-Mason.
Travelogue 1926 1 mins
The Court Treatt expedition arrives in Luxor in this fragment from the film record of their journey across Africa.
1926 40 mins Silent
Compelling travel feature edited from footage of the 1925-26 Worsley Algarsson Arctic expedition.
Inside Film 2021 41 mins
In this illustrated discussion, BFI programmer-at-large Geoff Andrew and Catherine Wheatley, the author of two books on Michael Haneke’s work, examine what makes him such a distinctive, important and often controversial cinematic artist.
Inside Film 2021 41 mins
Film critic Carmen Gray and film writer Ela Bittencourt discuss three films by trailblazing Czech filmmaker Věra Chytilová.