This film is part of Free
A fanfare to the new National Health Service
Public Information Filler 1948 1 mins
"Don't Forget Choose Your Doctor Now." With Monday 5th July 1948 - inaugural date of the new, free National Health Service - looming, this effective short public information trailer hammers home the urgency of citizens playing their part. The film was shown in cinemas in the run-up to the big day, as part of a wider media campaign.
This government film is a public record, preserved and presented by the BFI National Archive on behalf of The National Archives, home to more than 1,000 years of British history.
NHS on Film
Animation & Artists Moving Image 1948 9 mins
Long before the ‘Charley Says’ campaign of the 1970s and ‘80s, another cartoon Charley was used to demystify the newly created NHS.
Instructional film/TV programme 1951 55 mins
Kathleen Byron - of Black Narcissus fame - stars in one of the most ambitious recruitment films ever made.
Public Information Filler 1985 1 mins
A sense of 1980s stylistic sheen filters through this sci-fi-tinged anti-smoking advert.
Training film/TV programme 2002 18 mins
Imelda Staunton and Hugh Laurie as you've not quite seen them before: in a comedy training video for Britain’s National Blood Service.
Government sponsored film 1948 59 mins
Britain’s first Polio epidemic in 1947 demanded a coordinated response, and this film was a key part of readying postwar doctors for a new fight
Charity appeal 2020 2 mins
Beautiful NHS fundraiser, setting Michael Rosen’s poem to powerful archive images.
Animation & Artists Moving Image 1993 18 mins
A saxophonist assembles her instrument while a woman eats oysters and removes tidal debris from her body in artist Jayne Parker's short film.
Comedy 1919 67 mins Silent
A single girl, goaded by her fellow boarding-house residents, pretends to be engaged to a charming officer.
Industry sponsored film 1954 37 mins
A promotional film documenting the design, assembly and maintenance of a conveyor system in a West Yorkshire coal mine.
Comedy 1922 39 mins Silent
The story of a young man's embarrassing encounter with a young lady's woollen undergarment at the theatre.
Comedy 1924 30 mins
Delightful adaptation of a sailor’s yarn starring the irrepressible Florence Turner and pre-John Ford Victor McLaglen, with novel illustrated inter-titles.
Drama 2019 26 mins
Arkita believes herself to be be modern, liberal and independent. An unprecedented encounter with a transgender sex worker questions her beliefs.