National Screen and Sound Archive of Wales preserves and celebrates the sound and moving image heritage of Wales, making it accessible to a wide range of users for enjoyment and learning. Its film collection reflects every aspect of the nation’s social, cultural and working life across the 20th century, giving a fascinating insight into Welsh filmmaking, both amateur and professional.
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Cardiff - the capital of Wales
The Holley brothers, pharmacists George and Maurice, record the city when horse-drawn vehicles were still traversing its streets and policemen helped people to cross the road.
Amateur film 1935 37 mins Silent
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An inter-titled tribute to Cardiff, filmed by two brothers, George and Maurice Holley, both pharmacists, who moved to the city from their home-town of Pontypridd. Using the device of a motorcyclist taking a friend - William - on an extensive tour of the city, the film show its amenities and services, its industries and its opportunities for leisure. William concludes, in a note to his wife, that "This is just the place we have been looking for and we must settle down here."
Amateur film 1947 5 mins Silent Location: Cathays
When cars were not so common, roads could be used as playgrounds, particularly when snow fell, as seen here in Cardiff.
Home movie 1945 4 mins Silent Location: Cathays
How best to celebrate the end of a world war?
Promotional 1976 16 mins Location: Cathays
A clarion call to potential investors: shots of all the city has to offer are rounded off with a direct appeal to the pocket by Labour Prime Minister and Cardiff MP, James Callaghan.
Amateur film 1938 9 mins Silent Location: Cathays
Summer 1938 must have been an exciting time for Marie Cohen and Nettie Morris as they planned their weddings at the synagogue on 25/8 and 6/9, and receptions at the Connaught Rooms.
Amateur film 1945 11 mins Silent Location: Whitchurch
The war is over at last and Victory in Europe Day is celebrated on 8/5/1945 at the Iles home in Heathwood Road, Cardiff, and with parties in Heathway and Albert Street.
Non-Fiction 1943 3 mins Location: Cardiff Bay
The Lord Mayor of Cardiff speaks to camera, exhorting all good citizens to support the war-time Wings for Victory Week by saving and thereby lending money to the government.
Short documentary 2021 4 mins
Director Eva Riley (Perfect 10) introduces Carine Adler’s Under the Skin, and describes why Samantha Morton’s visceral feature film debut performance astounds her.
Animation & Artists Moving Image 1980 49 mins
Divorce 1980s-style is examined by this BFI film in which, tellingly, only the deserted wife is denied a voice.
Documentary 1943 12 mins
Are your stooking and stacking skills poor? Watch and learn how best to stack your stooks.
Animation & Artists Moving Image 1976 43 mins
Mundane images are flipped, looped, reversed and interpolated to the sound of Monteverdi and other sonic textures.
Documentary 1957 20 mins
Epic undertaking at Bevercotes Colliery, digging 3000 feet to reach untapped coal seams in Nottinghamshire.
Travelogue 1935 15 mins Silent Location: Bournemouth
Anyone for a trip to the seaside? From Bournemouth to Margate via Brighton and Folkestone – sunny delights in abundance.
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