The South West Film and Television Archive (SWFTA) is the regional film archive for the South West of England. Established in 1993, SWFTA's core collection comprises of the combined programme libraries of Westward Television and TSW (Television South West). The archive also cares for a significant number of donated film collections, both amateur and professional, dating back to the early 1900s.
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Farewell HMS Ark Royal
The Ark Royal journeys towards its audacious end.
News 1980 3 mins Silent
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The fourth HMS Ark Royal, former flagship of the Royal Navy cuts a large and lonely figure in the Hamoaze (where the estuary of the River Tamar joins Plymouth Sound) journeying to a Cairnryan shipbreaking yard in Scotland. Although the Audacious class aircraft carriers were replaced with three Invincible class carriers, HMS Invincible, HMS Illustrious and HMS Indomitable, the latter's name at its launch in 1985 was changed to Ark Royal at the behest of an emotive public.
The first Ark Royal was the flagship of Sir Francis Drake in 1587 leading the Navy Royal's fleet in 1588 when the Spanish Armada of 130 ships was defeated in the English Channel. The fifth ship to take the name of Ark Royal was decommissioned earlier than expected in 2011 after a review of Britain's military and naval capabilities. The Queen Elizabeth and the Prince of Wales are the new supercarriers, the largest type of aircraft carrier. Aircraft carriers are naval seagoing airbases with flight decks for takeoff and landing of planes and helicopters. The ships form part of a country's mobile force and may be deployed anywhere in the world thereby enhancing a country's international influence and prestige.
Shipbuilding on Film
Industry sponsored film 1957 7 mins Location: Newcastle upon Tyne
The famous Swan Hunter shipyards on the Tyne grease the slipway for another stirring launch in the prosperous 1950s.
Building and Launch of the "Crepath" at Barnstaple Building and Launch of the "Crepath" at Barnstaple
Non-Fiction 1918 5 mins Silent Location: Barnstaple
Barnstaple's experimental concrete-hulled ship gets a visit from a jolly Italian admiral.
Industry sponsored film 1940 34 mins Location: Royal Albert Dock
There’s breathtaking footage of the London’s docks at their bustling peak in this informative film celebrating the work of the Port Of London Authority.
1935 25 mins Location: Barrow-In-Furness
Paul Rotha’s brilliant film of the building and launch of SS Orion from the shipyards of Barrow-in-Furness.
Non-Fiction 1912 2 mins Silent Location: Southampton
Two of the earliest surviving editions of the Topical Budget newsreel, released in the aftermath of the Titanic disaster.
1936 2 mins Silent
The iconic Cunard White Star liner leaves the shipyard of her birth and ventures seawards for the first time.
Advert 1960 1 mins Location: Plymouth
A charming regional commercial for Plymouth’s best loved department store.
Advert 1960 0 mins Location: Plymouth
Help keep your relationship on track by outsourcing your laundry!
Current affairs 1977 7 mins Location: Plymouth
The skateboard phenomenon is taking off on Plymouth Hoe.
Current affairs 1961 5 mins Location: Plymouth
Cruising into the history books SS Liberté makes its final voyage stopping at Plymouth en route to Le Havre.
Current affairs 1965 2 mins Location: Plymouth
Former shipwright turns his talents to model-making.
Current affairs 1963 5 mins Location: Plymouth
Royal Navy Bomb Disposal Unit based in Plymouth covers the South West as a service for unexploded munitions.
Documentary 2019 16 mins
Three years after their father passed, a family of four women come together through a series of phone calls spanning over three months.
Animation & Artists Moving Image 2017 4 mins
A comedy-drama animation about two best friends growing up in the same world but experiencing it completely differently.
Drama 2018 8 mins
Samona Olanipekun explores the concepts of home, identity and belonging, from the starting point of the theme of globalisation.
Drama 2017 16 mins
Compelling story of a complex relationship between an imperious father and his son.
Documentary 2020 28 mins
Three African American fathers unravel the incomparable partnership of forgiveness and community.
Music video 2019 8 mins
A conceptual film following musical artist Jords’ quest to serendipity. The Tree of Life’ is the cornerstone of the film as he battles to triumph through grief.
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