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An unemployed Welsh miner saves the day in this stirring WWII propaganda film.
Documentary 1941 7 mins
Dai Jones, an unemployed coalminer from the valleys of South Wales, discovers how his skills can support the war effort in this stirring dramatised documentary. After being reduced to scratching for coal on a slag heap, Dai travels to an unnamed city, where he wanders the foggy streets and comes across a rescue squad, ineffectually working on a bombed house. A child is missing and his mother looks on anxiously - can Dai's tunnelling skills save the day?
This was one of a number of innovative 'story documentaries' in the war years to use non-actors playing themselves for propagandist purposes - the most famous examples including Target for Tonight and Fires Were Started. Dai Jones relates an apparently true story to promote the ARP (Air Raid Precautions), set up to protect civilians from Luftwaffe attacks. The miner himself was commended in contemporary reviews for his "beautifully restrained performance".
Keep the Wheels Turning
Yesterday Is over Your Shoulder
Industry sponsored film 1940 8 mins
An enticing government call for men to retrain as skilled engineers to help with the war effort.
Lord Mayor's Speech
Non-Fiction 1943 3 mins Location: Cardiff Bay
The Lord Mayor of Cardiff speaks to camera, exhorting all good citizens to support the war-time Wings for Victory Week by saving and thereby lending money to the government.
Warwork News No 25
Government sponsored film 1943 9 mins
Wartime news magazine for factory workers, sponsored by the Ministry of Supply. News items often stressed the value of the 'factory front'.
The Marchwood Park Training Centre and power boats
Amateur film 1939 13 mins Location: Hythe
Women train for war work at Marchwood Park House in this remarkable film which features camouflaged factories, barrage balloons, gas masks and a netball match.
Worker and War Front No. 18
Government sponsored film 1945 11 mins Location: Hackney
A wartime magazine made to motivate and inform war workers, commissioned by the Ministry of Information in 1942 and exclusively screened in factories.
Feed the Furnaces
Government sponsored film 1941 5 mins
An appeal for citizens to give up their old bed frames and garden tools, as part of a government drive to salvage resources for the war effort.
From Dyserth to Llandudno and Cardiff
Home movie 1958 4 mins Location: Llandudno
Donald Duck comes home with the Sunday School trippers from Bethel Chapel, Dyserth!
Along the Glamorganshire Canal
Amateur film 1945 6 mins Location: Gabalfa
The once thriving but now derelict canal is full of interest for members of Cardiff Amateur Cine Society.
De La Salle School, Cardiff: Sports Day and Dads' Fishing Trip
Amateur film 1960 6 mins Location: Cardiff/Caerdydd
Every race has its difficulties – keeping the egg on the spoon, managing a sack with holes in the bottom, running with a piggy-back rider.
Sea Scout Camp at Dale
Home movie 1960 7 mins Location: Cardiff/Caerdydd
Ropes are cast off, lock gates opened and they're away! Brother Alfred checks his watch to confirm they've caught the ebb tide.
De La Salle School, Cardiff: prize-giving, flag-bearing and the Archbishop of Cardiff
Home movie 1962 4 mins Location: Cardiff/Caerdydd
Cardiff's Archbishop John Aloysius Murphy takes the salute from Sea Scouts, Scouts and Guides, and meets St David's Cathedral choristers.
Sea Scouts and 'Morning Star'
Home movie 1960 9 mins Location: Cardiff/Caerdydd
The 'Morning Star' is restored to its former glory by the 28th Cardiff Sea Scouts at the city's Bute East Dock.
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