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Conservative News Review No. 5
"Set the People Free" - Tories take to the streets in the lead-up to the 1950 General Election.
Documentary 1950 12 mins
With vintage cars, mobile cinema vans, blue rosettes and eye-catching poster campaigns, the Tories "set about electioneering in a big way". Snappily-edited scenes courtesy of the Movietone news team capture the mood at grassroots level; look out for no-nonsense Conservative candidate Dorothy Welfare holding forth in Bethnal Green. Unfortunately for the film's sponsor, the Labour Party triumphed.
Never Mind The Ballots
Vote for Froglet
Children's 1974 7 mins
As the general election is held in the UK, it's polling day for the Clangers on a small blue planet far away.
Coventry North West By-election
News 1976 5 mins Location: Coventry
Who's who in the 1976 Coventry North West by-election. A vital campaign for a former industrial centre now in economic crisis.
Bolton Election Result
Non-Fiction 1912 1 mins Silent Location: Bolton
Women's Suffrage campaigners make their mark in a key by-election
Pike's Cine-Sound Pictorial Composite Reel No. 5
Non-Fiction 1986 19 mins Location: Pickering
Another example of a by-election protest vote as David Steel arrives to address the Pickering populace as the Liberals gain a famous victory in the middle of Thatcher’s rule.
Thinking about People
Party political broadcast 1965 10 mins
A Liberal dose of electioneering in this unmissable party political broadcast - an example of 1960s live TV saved on film.
Red Tape Farm
Animation & Artists Moving Image 1927 7 mins Silent
Mr Nosey Parker visits farmer John Barleycorn to tell him how to do his job in this witty Conservative Party campaigning cartoon.
Animation & Artists Moving Image 1993 1 mins Location: Bethnal Green
The literal and metaphorical shadow of Canary Wharf spills over all that surrounds it.
Keeling House (Fun Palace outtakes)
Amateur film 1963 3 mins Silent Location: Bethnal Green
Scenes from Keeling House, a council block in Bethnal Green, filmed in 1963 for Joan Littlewood’s film about London passtimes.
Animation & Artists Moving Image 1956 48 mins Location: Stepney
Two deaf-mute dock workers eke out a humble East End existence in Lorenza Mazzetti's striking and poetic example of Free Cinema.
1924 0 mins Location: Strand
Part of Wonderful London, the BFI National Archive’s programme of restored London travelogues, filmed in the capital in the 1920s.
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.