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Easter in the park, Ilford (1939)
This film offers a rare chance to see a toddler trying to start a car, before he trots through a London park with pipe-smoking father.
Home movie 1938 1 mins Silent
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Short, rich home movie in the Ronald Bond collection, showing a family trip in 1939. A toddler runs towards the camera before returning to the car – a Ford V8 Pilot – to give the starter a crank, before taking his seat behind the steering wheel. The child is then seen strolling through the park, holding hands with his suited, pipe-smoking father, and then sitting with his family, clutching the leather case for the cine-camera. Great glimpse of pre-war social life
High Beech, Epping Forest. 2 year old Ronald is seen here with his godparent Mr Bill Loader who had been a steward on the ship SS Beltana along with Ronald’s father. Ronald is seen here with his godmother’s scarf tied around his head as he had earache. Despite being poorly, he’s cheerful and even tries turning the starting handle on Mr Loader’s Austin V8.
Non-Fiction 1974 4 mins Location: Upper Gornal
Sam Jeavons is a Black Country horse man through and through and May Day is a time to decorate his wagon and bring some colour to Upper Gornal's streets.
Documentary 1944 7 mins Location: Stanion
An extraordinary and unexpected snapshot of rural life in wartime in which a young black girl is crowned Queen of the May.
Puppet (live-action) 1956 24 mins
Fabergé animals in a Russian influenced Easter tale narrated by Peter Ustinov
Amateur film 1952 9 mins Silent
Spring comes to Scotland in the 1950s: feed playful lambs, pick a host of glorious daffodils, and harness your faithful horse to the plough in this lovely amateur colour film.
Non-Fiction 1923 1 mins Silent
A fluffy white blizzard - of hundreds of newborn lambs - hits a Reading farm, keeping the shepherd's hands full.
1958 4 mins Silent Location: Hyde Park
Easter Parade in Hyde Park, April 1958.
East End Cripples Enjoy a Happy Days Outing in Epping Forest East End Cripples Enjoy a Happy Days Outing in Epping Forest
Non-Fiction 1911 2 mins Silent Location: Epping Forest
Disabled East End ‘ragged’ children go on a trip to the country - but not everyone seems happy
Kench Family Films: 1968, Redbridge, Woolwich, Southend and Colchester (1968) Kench Family Films: 1968, Redbridge, Woolwich, Southend and Colchester (1968)
Home movie 1968 17 mins Silent Location: Ilford
Windy beaches, wendy houses and Woolwich ferry all feature in this home movie covering a family in the East London suburbs in 1968.
Fred James Collection: Local Colour, Woodford Wells and Epping Forest Fred James Collection: Local Colour, Woodford Wells and Epping Forest
Amateur film 1971 28 mins Silent Location: Woodford Wells
A staggering drunk, cavorting squirrel and bicycling children paint a picture of the London-Essex borders in 1971 in this home movie by Fred James.
1955 17 mins Location: Brighton
Kids face the closure of their Brighton playground but fight back to reclaim it, with a little help from the iconic Volks Railway
Children's 1954 59 mins Location: Goudhurst
Child actor Mandy Miller shines in this children's adventure set in the traditional hop picking season in Kent.
Short documentary 2020 19 mins
All Andy and Ben want to do is play basketball. When they join the under 16s league the boys and their new teammates take on opponents from around Yorkshire, and the challenges of growing up in inner city Leeds.
Musical 2019 13 mins
Exploring the conversation black people face when communicating their racial experience to white partners through a dynamic fusion of dance and dialogue.
Drama 2021 9 mins
Penny is experiencing post-millennium angst in Manchester. She is on the verge of a mental breakdown. Overweight and on the edge, an ordinary visit to the doctor becomes extraordinary.
Drama 2020 10 mins
A short but poignant piece on what it feels like to lose faith and trust in a friend.
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