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Will a dispute between China and Britain over Hong Kong harm sales in Birmingham's busy Chinese restaurants?
Non-Fiction 1967 2 mins
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It’s 1967 and Chairman Mao’s cultural revolution is in full swing increasing pressure on Britain’s role in Hong Kong. In London tensions reach breaking point when members of the Chinese Legation fight with police at 'the battle of Devonshire Close'. The day after the ‘battle’ ATV Today’s Gwyn Richards asks if all this political wrangling will stop the people of Birmingham eating in their local Chinese restaurant.
Chinese Britain on Film
Chinese in Wartime Britain
Government sponsored film 1944 10 mins Location: London
A documentary about the benefits and influences of Chinese immigration on Britain’s home front.
Chinese New Year
Non-Fiction 1981 1 mins Location: Birmingham
The reigning Miss Chinatown joins the traditional celebrations to mark the year of the Cockerel on a chilly February day in Birmingham.
Magazine and Review show 1982 9 mins
Pioneering Chinese feminist and revolutionary Qiu Jin is remembered through mime and dance by the British performer Jacqui Chan.
Eng Family Home Movies
Amateur film 1930 20 mins Silent
Extra scenes from the Eng family's home movies, including trips to Germany and China
Eng Family and Children
Amateur film 1930 14 mins Silent Location: Wembley
Enjoy fun in the garden, a picnic and a trip to the beach with the Eng brothers in this amateur film
The Woman from China
Crime 1931 76 mins Silent
A young woman is persuaded to help a Chinese businessman to kidnap a naval officer in this fun and outrageous British thriller.
Magazine and Review show 1981 7 mins Location: Selly Oak
From Selly Oak to Birmingham's Head Post Office in a wheelchair - how hard could it be?
New Fifty Pence Piece
News 1969 2 mins Location: Birmingham
Don't become a victim of the new fifty penny piece!
News 1971 8 mins Location: Birmingham
A middle class designed city with no style - Arthur Dooley pulls no punches in Birmingham.
Decent Place with Hot and Cold
Documentary 1970 27 mins Location: Birmingham
An impressively stark documentary study of Birmingham slums - past and present.
News 1975 4 mins Location: Leicester
He arrived in Britain with £3 and went on to become one of the richest business men in the Midlands. How did Amrat Parmar do it?
Pakistani Bus Driver
News 1974 2 mins Location: Birmingham
Bus timetables are sacrosanct to some but to others there are more important things in life - and faith is one of them.
Comedy 1919 35 mins Silent
A protective father masquerades as an automatic doll in this bonkers interwar comedy.
Spirit of Mayday
1937 11 mins Silent
May Day – a significant day for the labour movement – is covered by the cameras of the Film and Photograph League.
Cornelius Cardew 1936-1981
Performance 1986 55 mins
An exploration of the life and work of the controversial British composer.
1935 9 mins
Let it bleed? This exemplary education film gets to the heart of the matter.
U.A.B. (Workers Newsreel No.3)
Non-Fiction 1935 12 mins Silent
Punchy political film capturing mass protests against unemployment.
The Merry Month of May
1937 15 mins Silent
A spirited satire on the coronation of George VI made by members of the Film and Photograph League.
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