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Beach, church and carnival – Chief Inspector of Brixton Police sent to Trinidad to learn about West Indian customs.
Government sponsored film 1969 12 mins
Lesley Hawkins – Chief Inspector of Brixton Police – is sent to Trinidad by the Commonwealth Foundation to learn more about West Indian customs in order to assist those who had settled in Brixton. The film sees Hawkins visit a beach, a church, and a carnival in Trinidad, interviewing people to find out more about unemployment on the island, and what might drive people to travel to Britain.
While some of the characterisations of West Indian people might be simplistic and even offensive to modern sensibilities, the film shows an ambitious attempt for police to reach out locally and internationally to help with issues of immigration and integration. The Commonwealth Foundation – established in 1966 – organised for police officers to visit other parts of the Commonwealth, such as India and Pakistan, to develop a greater understanding of the cultures of those emigrating to Britain and how they could be helped to settle and integrate in the UK.
Documentary 1946 21 mins
Soldiers from the far reaches of the British Empire arrive in London to take part in the official commemoration of the end of war in Europe.
Entertaining Soldiers After the Raid
Non-Fiction 1917 0 mins Silent
Keep calm and carry on - these East End schoolkids dance to lift the spirits of Kiwi troops
Canada at War
Documentary 1940 18 mins
In 1940 the war still seemed distant to US citizens. But what it was like for the 11 million ‘other Americans’ who were already at war? The March of Time cameras go north of the border to Canada to find out.
Tours in Southern Bengal - In the Sunderbans
Amateur film 1935 12 mins Silent
Everyday life and places of interest around the areas of Midnapore and Chittagong, including steamers and Indian boats along the Damodar river.
British News No. 53
Non-Fiction 1941 15 mins
Indian soldiers in Singapore, while their compatriots are trained in the manufacture of war munitions
Ghana - New Nation
1957 14 mins
It's smiles all round in this snapshot of postcolonial Ghana, born from the British imperial territory of the Gold Coast
The Homecoming: A Short Film about Ajamu
Drama-documentary 1995 17 mins Location: Brixton
Queer activist and artist Ajamu prepares to leave Brixton for an exhibition of his work in his hometown, Huddersfield
Black to Front
Current affairs 1978 27 mins Location: Brixton
World in Action interviews the residents of Haycroft Road, Brixton as a controversial by-election stokes concerns about race and immigration.
Michelle 1st Birthday 1967
Amateur film 1967 5 mins Silent Location: Brixton
Its retro gifts galore at baby Michelle's first birthday party captured in this home movie from Brixton
Amateur film 1966 5 mins Silent Location: Brixton
The whole family turns out to celebrate a christening at a local church in Angell Town, Brixton.
You in Your Small Corner
Drama 1962 81 mins Location: Brixton
Lloyd Reckord stars as a gifted student confronting the race and class divide in 1960s Brixton.
Documentary 1983 12 mins Location: Brixton
Punk rebellion and anarchy with Peterborough-based punk band The Destructors, six years after their formation.
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.