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Colour in Silk
Come to Cheshire to visit "the most famous silk firm in the greatest silk town in both hemispheres".
Promotional 1954 14 mins
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A promotional film for the Brocklehurst-Whiston mill in the Cheshire town of Macclesfield, showing how skilled craftsmanship and good design transform raw silk into the "Queen of Fabrics". We see how the dyes are tested, and the natural silk is wound, woven, and screen or block printed with complex patterns and glowing colours. Finally, many samples of the finished fabrics are shown.
Textiles on Film
Home movie 1937 20 mins Silent Location: Llangollen
Nellie Boote's laundry in Market Street in operation, the women dashing away with all manner of smoothing irons as clothes are sorted, mended, washed, ironed and sorted again.
Documentary 1965 24 mins Location: Langley Mill
A mile of yarn and a million loops to make one stocking: the culmination of a four hundred year old craft.
News 1967 6 mins Location: Newcastle upon Tyne
Fashion doesnt grow on treesor does it! Tyne Tees TV was bang on-trend with this brilliant news feature on the hip 1960s cult for a disposable age - paper fashion.
Industry sponsored film 1971 23 mins Location: Greengates
Twisted yarns and empty spindles, everything from Bouclé to Slub yarn, from beginning to end, and all, in the end, displayed on a ‘normal’ model in typical 1970s fashion.
Messrs. Barlow and Jones Ltd., Manchester and Bolton Messrs. Barlow and Jones Ltd., Manchester and Bolton
Promotional 1919 19 mins Silent Location: Bolton
From raw resource to finished product, by cleaning and spinning, weaving and bleaching - take a look at the textile industry from the inside.
Winter Fashions have been Modelled in a Park in Exmouth Winter Fashions have been Modelled in a Park in Exmouth
News 1977 2 mins Silent Location: Exmouth
Wearing Fur gets Hairy
Promotional 1968 29 mins Location: Manchester
Faith in the inner city - the mission of the Sharon Full Gospel Church in Manchester.
Non-Fiction 1913 5 mins Silent Location: Macclesfield
A carnival procession and Rose Queen crowning ceremony, possibly in Birmingham
Documentary 1970 11 mins Location: Macclesfield
Handloom weaving, and its place in the history of textile production.
Industry sponsored film 1940 18 mins Location: Macclesfield
Silk production in Cheshire, using time-tested methods to produce a perfect product.
Non-Fiction 1933 4 mins Location: Macclesfield
The annual ceremony around the coronation of Macclesfield's silk queen will worm its way into your heart.
Chorlton Road, Sponsored Walks and Youth Centre Construction Chorlton Road, Sponsored Walks and Youth Centre Construction
Amateur film 1969 15 mins Silent Location: Manchester
An opportunity to visit the Sharon Full Gospel Church of Manchester, and the young members of its congregation.
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 1976 43 mins
Mundane images are flipped, looped, reversed and interpolated to the sound of Monteverdi and other sonic textures.
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 1957 20 mins
Epic undertaking at Bevercotes Colliery, digging 3000 feet to reach untapped coal seams in Nottinghamshire.
Documentary 1943 12 mins
Are your stooking and stacking skills poor? Watch and learn how best to stack your stooks.
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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