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Nail-biting amateur thriller in Pinner tells the story of a suspicious husband who may not have got the right man.
Amateur film 1960 22 mins
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Award-winning amateur director Ronald English made this suspenseful thriller, which, as the opening title states, was specially commended by the Amateur Cine World magazine. This speaks to the quality of the filmmaking, for AWS only followed leading amateur filmmakers, many of whom, including docudrama pioneer Peter Watkins, went on to become highly regarded professional filmmakers themselves. Made by the Pinner Cine Society.
Birthday For Peter
Amateur film 1958 9 mins Location: Sevenoaks
Peter’s birthday is one his suffering parents would rather forget in this harrowing film from the Sevenoaks Cine Society
The Broken Swastika
Amateur film 1932 13 mins Location: Bournemouth
In this bizarre 1932 short film produced by the Bournemouth Cine Society, a swastika pendant becomes a plot device in a kidnapping drama.
Amateur film 1936 16 mins Location: Plas Newydd
Catapult-wielding democrats take on wader-wearing fascists in this ‘Plas Newydd’ drama filmed by the Marquis of Anglesey.
.. And Other Stories
Amateur film 1979 7 mins Location: Eastbourne
A sophisticated bookish blonde proves to be a murderer’s nemesis in this atmospheric thriller-with-a-twist from the Eastbourne Cine Group
A Pocketful of Fear
Amateur film 1963 11 mins Location: West Boldon
Buckle up for some asphalt angst on a tense 1960s road trip on and off the A19.
It Happened Thus
Amateur film 1937 13 mins Location: Newcastle upon Tyne
A valuable necklace is stolen – but where is the thief?
Schools in Harrow
School programme and Educational film 1947 20 mins Location: Harrow
State schools in the London borough
Amateur film 1977 6 mins Location: Harrow
Pomp and pageantry reign and St George is resurrected for the Queen's Silver Jubilee in this colourful newsreel from 1977
Amateur film 1971 16 mins Location: Harrow
There's stardust in the air in Harrow and not all is at it seems at a house fire in Northwood – watch to find out why.
Amateur film 1966 14 mins Location: Harrow
Steam trains large and small and summer time fetes and fairs feature in this amateur newsreel from 1966.
Princess Di Wedding and Winter Snow
Amateur film 1982 4 mins Location: Harrow
Everyone's home in Harrow to witness Lady Di's debut as a Royal and a record-breaking winter causes chaos in 1981.
"Oh to Be in England"
Amateur film 1947 13 mins Location: Harrow
Bluebells, wisteria and snowdrops feature in this lovely colour film showing the effect of nature on the London suburb of Harrow after the war.
Olivia Hussey and Leonard Whiting Q&A for Shakespeare Lives
Inside Film 2016 31 mins
The stars of Franco Zeffirelli’s Romeo and Juliet are reunited on stage for the first time since 1968 as part of the BFI and British Council’s Shakespeare on Film.
Amateur film 1965 11 mins Location: Redhill Aerodrome
The skies above Redhill are abuzz with planes as the fliers of Surrey's Tiger Club perform an aerial show for the crowds below
Brighton Seaside - Airshow & Silver Jubilee in Bromley
Amateur film 1977 11 mins Location: Brighton
Tony Mitchell captures a variety of events during Jubilee year - including day trips to Brighton and a bunting covered London as well as an accident at an airshow
This is Bournemouth
Promotional 1969 17 mins Location: Bournemouth
Bournemouth. A holiday resort that’s got the lot. Sunshine, sandy beaches, gardens, shops, fine dining and entertainment - with sports stars and a few beauty queens thrown in
The Building of the Eastern Road flyover on the M27
Amateur film 1970 7 mins Location: Hilsea
The roads around Portsmouth are about to be transformed with concrete and steel in this 1970 film from W J Evans.
A Tour of Conservative Wards in Southampton
Amateur film 1935 14 mins Location: Southampton
A Tory MP and his wife meet their female battalions in a tour of Southampton's wards - while Stanley Baldwin lends his own support at an outdoor fete