London’s Screen Archives enables Londoners see their past come alive on film. Managed by Film London, we are a unique network of historic film collections that cares for, collects and screens heritage film across the city. Together we preserve London’s rich film heritage from feature films to home movies, public information films, newsreels, and records of the capital’s many different industries.
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Chiswick's Gallant Gunner
Three cheers for Maurice Samuels, as a Chiswick tram driver receives a medal for bravery at the Western Front at Ypres.
Non-Fiction 1916 1 mins Silent
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Major General Lord Cheylesmore, a peer, soldier and chairman of the London County Council, leads the cheers after pinning a Military Medal to the chest of Maurice Samuels, a Chiswick tram driver who rescued wounded soldiers under fire at Ypres. Samuels smiles at the camera, while women behind stand grinning. Samuels, who volunteered at the war’s outbreak and was twice severely wounded at Ypres himself, survived the war, receiving a medical discharge in December 1916.
Cinema of WWI
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Dramatic reconstruction of the Somme
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Non-Fiction 1916 1 mins Silent Location: London
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Trick film 1915 5 mins
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Biopic 1915 11 mins Silent
The moving true story of wartime heroine Nurse Edith Cavell, recreated in the aftermath of her execution.
Comedy 1914 14 mins Location: Twickenham
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Industry sponsored film 1971 2 mins Silent Location: Chiswick
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Amateur film 1957 1 mins Silent Location: Chiswick
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Music video 1966 5 mins Location: Chiswick
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Documentary 1974 52 mins Location: Chiswick
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Non-Fiction 1925 1 mins Silent Location: Chiswick
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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.