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Decent Place with Hot and Cold
An impressively stark documentary study of Birmingham slums - past and present.
This quietly impressive film captures precious - sometimes startling – memories of Birmingham slums of the depression years. But it doesn't stop there: the filmmakers go on to explore the erosion of community that sometimes followed from slum clearance, and the modern urban poverty still very much in our midst.
Shot in stark 16mm monochrome, this little-known film was made for Shelter but has the flavour of an independent labour-of-love. It's a thoughtful, fascinating blend of low-budget documentary-making and charity campaigning film, oral history and investigative reportage.
Magazine and Review show 1981 7 mins Location: Selly Oak
From Selly Oak to Birmingham's Head Post Office in a wheelchair - how hard could it be?
News 1969 2 mins Location: Birmingham
Don't become a victim of the new fifty penny piece!
News 1971 8 mins Location: Birmingham
A middle class designed city with no style - Arthur Dooley pulls no punches in Birmingham.
News 1974 2 mins Location: Birmingham
Bus timetables are sacrosanct to some but to others there are more important things in life - and faith is one of them.
News 1975 4 mins Location: Leicester
He arrived in Britain with £3 and went on to become one of the richest business men in the Midlands. How did Amrat Parmar do it?
Magazine and Review show 1983 13 mins Location: Birmingham
It's not only a big day for Zubair Khan and his sixteen year old bride Saeeda. It's also brings together two families.
Action and Adventure 1923 28 mins Silent Location: Tilbury
Plotting world domination, Devil Doctor Fu-Manchu steals plans for a new aero-torpedo in this earliest surviving thrill-a-minute serial instalment.
Inside Film 2024 16 mins
Filmmakers Jane Giles and Ali Catterall discuss their documentary Scala!!!, revisiting the legendary and inspirational cinema venue and some of the most notorious films that screened there.
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.
Charity appeal 1939 10 mins
Long thought lost, this Powell-directed promotional short for a veteran’s charity was only rediscovered in 2003.
Documentary 1941 6 mins
A poignant, stirring letter from a recently deceased pilot to his mother is read by John Gielgud.