The South West Film and Television Archive (SWFTA) is the regional film archive for the South West of England. Established in 1993, SWFTA's core collection comprises of the combined programme libraries of Westward Television and TSW (Television South West). The archive also cares for a significant number of donated film collections, both amateur and professional, dating back to the early 1900s.
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Burn Your Bra!
The Women’s Liberation movement’s burn your bra campaign hits Truro.
News 1968 2 mins
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TV reporter Andy Price interviews women on the streets of Truro about whether they would figuratively burn the bra. A concern is raised as to whether the undergarment is under serious threat from feminists and women alike or if it will survive to enjoy an uplifting future. Bra burning became a metaphor for the Women’s Liberation Movement, which sprang up across the USA in the late 1960s and signified freedom from male oppression spawning a renewed drive for gender equality.
Bra burning actually never happened. A group of 400 feminists led a protest at Miss America 1969 which was held in September 1968 in Atlantic City, New Jersey and attempted to burn symbols of female oppression in a freedom bin mimicking conscripts burning their draft cards in protest over the Vietnam war. Journalist Lindsy Van Gelder drew the comparison between the two protests and hit the headlines the world over with the title grabbing Bra Burners And Miss America.
Advert 1968 2 mins Silent
Far-out guys and groovy gals drop doses of good strong coffee in this psychedelic 1968 ad for the hot black stuff.
News 1971 5 mins Location: Glastonbury
Glastonbury ley lines for iconic pyramid stage to heighten a festival-goer’s experience
Promotional 2016 1 mins
Anarchy in the UK… This rare footage presents a short blast of the punk energy that took over the streets of Britain in the late 1970s.
Drama 1979 24 mins Location: London
Nerdy teenage mummy's boy David dreams of wowing the girls with his disco dance moves - but alas he was born with two left feet.
Amateur film 1929 8 mins Silent Location: Ham Spray Ho
The wilder fringes of the Bloomsbury Group are exposed in this dark amateur film starring Dora Carrington.
1979 48 mins Location: Belfast
The Undertones and Stiff Little Fingers play live in this vivid music doc capturing all the vibrancy of the 1970s Northern Irish punk scene.
News 1981 4 mins Location: Truro
A shop owner in Truro sells unusual pets.
Advert 1912 19 mins Silent Location: Plymouth
From Saltash to St Ives, a whirlwind tour of Edwardian Cornwall.
News 1982 3 mins Location: Compton Castle
The old paddle steamer still has legs.
News 1932 4 mins Silent Location: Truro
Trurorians enjoy street carnival celebrations
News 1965 6 mins Location: Truro
Clive Gunnell reports from Carlyon Farm
News 1976 8 mins Location: Truro
Journey on the Great Scenic Railway from Truro to Falmouth
Documentary 2021 13 mins
A poetic response to the experience of the Coronavirus pandemic, drawing on the collections of 12 UK film archives.
Promotional 2021 1 mins
The 65th BFI London Film Festival in partnership with American Express.
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.
Drama 2020 4 mins
A driver tries some small talk to connect with his Uber passenger, but ends up raising bigger issues.
Performance 1979 36 mins Location: Liverpool
Black music and culture in the community
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