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Falling in the Water
Kids don't always listen to their parents. But in the 70s they certainly listened to a giant ginger tabby cat...
Poor Charley - full of good advice, but all too often he fell into trouble himself. Public information films often use shock tactics, but this series used the cat as a surrogate in the accidents. Although the sight of a child drowning would certainly have packed a punch, it was felt that the fantasy friendship between a boy and a cat meant the message resonated more with young children when the cat was put in peril instead.
Whilst many children of the 70s often remember being a little scared by the series, they were conceived as being as child friendly as possible. These new HD transfers certainly bring a renewed brightness to the films, rediscovering colours that seem to have been muddied over the years. The unnerving memories that people have of the series are evidence of quite how effective they were at reaching young minds.
Fantasy 1903 10 mins Silent
The first-ever film version of Lewis Carroll's tale, made just 37 years after the novel’s publication and eight years after the birth of cinema.
Nature and Science programme 1954 14 mins Silent Location: Headingley
The metamorphosis of the eating machine which is the caterpillar, into an Emperor Moth, revealed in all its detail and presented in 15 minutes.
Advert 1935 4 mins
Part experimental cinema, part advert for the parcel post service, always joyful.
Animation & Artists Moving Image 1961 2 mins
Fall truly, madly, deeply in love with this animated proto-music video from Godfrey, Lacey and Newly
Animation & Artists Moving Image 1910 3 mins Silent
A pioneering effort in bringing shadow puppetry to the cinema
Comedy 1897 1 mins Silent
I've got you under my skin... early 'trick' film having fun with the new science of x-ray photography
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.