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"Eat less bread" is the key message in this ambitious propaganda film on the importance of 'food economy' to the war effort
Government sponsored film 1917 30 mins Silent
"Want of food may become a greater foe than all the German armies" warns this ambitious dramatised propaganda film. It features some leading lights of stage and screen including Gerald du Maurier (father of the novelist Daphne), who plays the patriotically named soldier Tom Briton. The presentation of the film's message is also far from subtle, with the dialogue including lines such as "Really, Cook, you must stop wasting bread like this in war-time!"
1917 on Film
No Mischief Here Can Satan Find for Idle Hands to Do
1917 1 mins Silent
Pathe's series on WWI turns its eye homeward in this edition about the interning of enemy aliens
Great Red Cross Carnival at Rushden
Non-Fiction 1917 3 mins Silent Location: Rushden
Flags and patriotism on show in Rushden as local businesses pull out all the stops in this carnival procession.
Porte Flying Boat
Documentary 1917 11 mins Silent
Don't be fooled - she's no baby. The Porte Baby's name belies the true size of this monster flying boat!
Airship on a Mooring Mast
1917 7 mins Silent
High winds are not good for airships, especially when moored: this study demonstrates what happens when the winds blow
Animation & Artists Moving Image 1917 10 mins Silent
Anson Dyer imagines the characters behind newspaper adverts and brings them to life in this Kine Komedy Kartoon
Non-Fiction 1917 0 mins Silent Location: Haringey
A London concert singer attends a military religious service to bless two new ambulance held in a London park.
Comedy 1919 35 mins Silent
A protective father masquerades as an automatic doll in this bonkers interwar comedy.
Spirit of Mayday
1937 11 mins Silent
May Day – a significant day for the labour movement – is covered by the cameras of the Film and Photograph League.
Cornelius Cardew 1936-1981
Performance 1986 55 mins
An exploration of the life and work of the controversial British composer.
1935 9 mins
Let it bleed? This exemplary education film gets to the heart of the matter.
U.A.B. (Workers Newsreel No.3)
Non-Fiction 1935 12 mins Silent
Punchy political film capturing mass protests against unemployment.
The Merry Month of May
1937 15 mins Silent
A spirited satire on the coronation of George VI made by members of the Film and Photograph League.