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The dangers of drinking take on a surreal turn as one of the pink elephants seen by our inebriated hero materializes and thwarts all attempts to get rid of her, even a safari hunter.
Comedy 1964 9 mins
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The hallucinatory delights of drunkenness come to life here in this award winning whimsical film made by members of the Halifax Cine Club in 1964. Having spirited up, Dumbo style, a pink elephant, our bacchanalian protagonist finds himself lumbered with his apparition, which even becomes a member of the club.
Halifax had an especially prolific and inventive amateur Cine Club, which still remains active. The film won the West Riding Ten Minute film competition for the year it was made, 1963 or 1964. It has been claimed that the first recorded use of the term ‘seeing a pink elephant’, as relating to the effects of alcohol, was by Jack London in his autobiographical John Barleycorn 1913. The character may well have been inspired by the Pink Elephants on Parade scene from Disney’s 1941 film Dumbo. This Halifax Club film just predates the psychedelic era when hallucinations were much more associated with illegal drugs, and Timothy Leary suggested that people "Turn on, tune in, drop out".
Is This Your Life?
Amateur film 1957 9 mins
An unusual and visually sophisticated commentary on the routine drabness and drudgery of everyday suburban existence.
Hand in Glove
Amateur film 1976 12 mins
To carry on his important work the ego-maniacal scientist Dr Kelly must obtain another hand … a hand which begins to take on a life of its own.
Howway the Lasses
Documentary 1977 1 mins Location: Northumberland
This jaunty hand-drawn animation charts the history of womens revolutionary road to freedom in the North East - from Stone Age sister to suffragette of the twentieth century.
Amateur film 1977 24 mins
Extra-terrestrial plantlife is discovered in the Welsh countryside causing mischief for scientist Dr Felix Ackerman, filmed in 1977.
Larn Yersel' Geordie
Animation & Artists Moving Image 1980 11 mins Location: Newcastle upon Tyne
Learn how to speak Geordie with a riotous animation of Scott Dobsons popular vernacular lessons.
Animation & Artists Moving Image 1964 3 mins
Petty party politics gets animated - literally - in this amateur cartoon with a message.
Halifax Day by Day
Documentary 1910 2 mins Location: Halifax
One of the most industrious and enterprising towns of northern England takes a break to greet the novelty of the movie camera.
The Halifax Laundry Blues
Documentary 1985 25 mins Location: Halifax
Women workers give voice to their puzzlement, anger and despair as years of hard work cleaning laundry for hospitals is discarded.
See You Tomorrow
Industry sponsored film 1965 17 mins Location: Halifax
The lesson here is clear, do the right things in the workplace – wear totectors and Rozalex barrier cream – and all will be well, and if not there is a nurse on hand with a plaster.
Gledhill Collection 5
Home movie 1940 12 mins Location: Halifax
Life in an army training camp as new squaddies, learning to drill and use a rifle, are joined by evacuees from Dunkirk, having a haircut and mixing up handball with football.
Stand Down Parade of the Home Guard
Non-Fiction 1944 15 mins Location: Halifax
Marching in typical determined fashion in the pouring rain, through the empty streets of Bradford, these men of the Home Guard exude steeliness, pride and, possibly, relief.
This Town of Ours
Non-Fiction 1972 38 mins Location: Halifax
Nothing is left out of this portrait of Halifax as it emerges into the 1970s, from the making of Quality Streets to its new high-rise flats, markets, pubs and recent immigrants.
Olivia Hussey and Leonard Whiting Q&A for Shakespeare Lives
Inside Film 2016 31 mins
The stars of Franco Zeffirelli’s Romeo and Juliet are reunited on stage for the first time since 1968 as part of the BFI and British Council’s Shakespeare on Film.
Amateur film 1965 11 mins Location: Redhill Aerodrome
The skies above Redhill are abuzz with planes as the fliers of Surrey's Tiger Club perform an aerial show for the crowds below
Brighton Seaside - Airshow & Silver Jubilee in Bromley
Amateur film 1977 11 mins Location: Brighton
Tony Mitchell captures a variety of events during Jubilee year - including day trips to Brighton and a bunting covered London as well as an accident at an airshow
This is Bournemouth
Promotional 1969 17 mins Location: Bournemouth
Bournemouth. A holiday resort that’s got the lot. Sunshine, sandy beaches, gardens, shops, fine dining and entertainment - with sports stars and a few beauty queens thrown in
The Building of the Eastern Road flyover on the M27
Amateur film 1970 7 mins Location: Hilsea
The roads around Portsmouth are about to be transformed with concrete and steel in this 1970 film from W J Evans.
A Tour of Conservative Wards in Southampton
Amateur film 1935 14 mins Location: Southampton
A Tory MP and his wife meet their female battalions in a tour of Southampton's wards - while Stanley Baldwin lends his own support at an outdoor fete