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The Cup Shall Come South!
Meet the West Ham team of 1923, about to contest the first FA Cup final to be held at Wembley Stadium.
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A simple film, showing close-up portraits of West Ham’s starting XI for the upcoming FA Cup final against Bolton Wanderers at Wembley. All eleven players are captioned and filmed one by one. They smile awkwardly, or grin and laugh at off-camera antics. There’s an intriguing underlying discomfort on display, an unfamiliarity with the form. West Ham ultimately lost 2-0, the game overshadowed by the chaos caused by the huge number of people that tried to enter the stadium.
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Sport 1924 2 mins
FA Cup round-up: Cardiff City v Bristol City, Southampton v Liverpool and Brighton and Hove Albion v Manchester City.
Amateur film 1973 10 mins Location: Sunderland
There’s a rapturous welcome from football fans to celebrate a fairy tale win as underdogs Sunderland return home with the FA Cup in 1973.
Non-Fiction 1922 1 mins Location: Highbury
FA Cup third round: Arsenal v Leicester City and Cardiff City v Nottingham Forest.
Documentary 1974 18 mins Location: Sunderland
What could the future hold for young Wearsiders?
Non-Fiction 1925 1 mins
An appreciative crowd at Ewood Park witnesses Blackburn progress to the FA Cup 4th round with a 3-1 win against Tottenham.
Documentary 1986 6 mins Location: West Ham
Newham's historical buildings are brought back to life and contrasted with the new in this short documentary by a local council filmmaker.
Amateur film 1986 6 mins Location: West Ham
Enthusiastic local filmmaker captures the highlights of West Ham's Centenary celebrations, such as the gymkhana and Centenary bus launch.
Sport 1930 1 mins Silent Location: West Ham
Top football footage from East London, where West Ham take on Leeds in an FA Cup fourth round encounter.
Documentary 1927 3 mins Silent Location: West Ham
Roll call for staff at the new Broadway Super Cinema, Stratford, as uniformed employees - from sweet seller to projectionist - line the street.
Charity appeal 1939 10 mins
Long thought lost, this Powell-directed promotional short for a veteran’s charity was only rediscovered in 2003.
Drama 2023 2 mins
A group of young Black boys run into a building. One of them is about to do the unimaginable.
Romance 2023 2 mins
A queercore romance - a visceral and immersive exploration of the power of the mosh pit and finding love in the most unlikely of places.
Documentary 1941 6 mins
A poignant, stirring letter from a recently deceased pilot to his mother is read by John Gielgud.
Comedy 2023 2 mins
En-route to her hen weekend, bride-to-be Faye kills the vibe with a bombshell confession.
Documentary 2023 2 mins
An insight into Daytimers, the South Asian DJ collective that are breaking new ground in Britain.