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Citizen Army Inspected
Colonel Lord Harris provides appropriate decorum and formality for a volunteer inspection in Beckenham during WWI.
Non-Fiction 1915 1 mins Silent
Who could resist the uniform or the opportunities the army offered? Newsreel stories like this one from Topical Budget about the voluntary army were morale boosting, and did their bit to encourage recruitment too. Relatives and friends could feel proud seeing their loved ones on screen. The men's emotionless expressions and the formality of filming emphasises the seriousness of the occasion.
By late September 1915, 2.25 million had enlisted but almost two in every five volunteers were entirely unfit for military service. Music hall artistes of the time worked tirelessly for recruitment. Scottish singer and comedian Harry Lauder toured the music halls, offering 'ten pounds for the first recruit tonight'.
1915 on Film
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Non-Fiction 1915 1 mins Silent
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Follow the lightning-quick hand of the artist behind a series of comic cartoon sketches poking fun at the enemy during WWI.
Preston and District Roll of Honour, 6th, 7th, 5th Series Preston and District Roll of Honour, 6th, 7th, 5th Series
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Drama 1915 14 mins Silent
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Amateur film 1935 56 mins Silent Location: Beckenham
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Non-Fiction 1924 1 mins Silent Location: Beckenham
Great action footage of Oxford and Cambridge contesting a hockey match on the muddy pitch of a sports ground in Beckenham.
Drama 2020 12 mins
A teenage boy trails a group of young hustlers, thinking one of them may be his anonymous hook-up for the night.
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Drama 2018 12 mins
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