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Fly's Eye View
The world on a grand scale, as seen through the eyes of a housefly.
Animation & Artists Moving Image 1964 9 mins
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From the craggy surface of a coin, via the intricacies of a watch mechanism, to the whirling lightshow of a multifaceted gemstone, this beautifully shot colour film shows us the close-up world as seen through the eyes of a housefly. The film, with its skilfully animated title sequence, won an 'Award of Merit' in 8mm Movie Maker and Cine Camera's 'Top 8 Competition 1964'.
Filmmaker George Higginson was a highly skilled amateur whose work includes travelogues and the recording of activities at Manchester School of Art, where he was a mature student. He also produced award winning scientific documentaries, including 'Pond Life'. Originally trained as a cotton engineer, he served in the army in World War One, and, after art school training, went on to teach drawing and painting at Bolton School for Boys.
Is This Your Life?
Amateur film 1957 9 mins
An unusual and visually sophisticated commentary on the routine drabness and drudgery of everyday suburban existence.
Hand in Glove
Amateur film 1976 12 mins
To carry on his important work the ego-maniacal scientist Dr Kelly must obtain another hand … a hand which begins to take on a life of its own.
Amateur film 1968 7 mins
After a short but flammable existence, Victor, a matchbox from Sweden, reflects on life's vicissitudes as he awaits his fate in the gutter.
Amateur film 1977 24 mins
Extra-terrestrial plantlife is discovered in the Welsh countryside causing mischief for scientist Dr Felix Ackerman, filmed in 1977.
Larn Yersel' Geordie
Animation & Artists Moving Image 1980 11 mins Location: Newcastle upon Tyne
Learn how to speak Geordie with a riotous animation of Scott Dobsons popular vernacular lessons.
Animation & Artists Moving Image 1964 3 mins
Petty party politics gets animated - literally - in this amateur cartoon with a message.
A Mosque in the Park
Documentary 1973 0 mins Location: Brentford
An insightful and understated television documentary following the lives of four Muslim families in Brentford, Manchester and Harrow.
Merriment in Manchester
Non-Fiction 1931 1 mins Location: Manchester
A newsreel camera captures Manchester students' raucous behaviour during rag week, on full display to benefit local hospitals.
Manchester - Where English Dog Racing Originated...
Travelogue 1923 2 mins Location: Manchester
These vignettes of Manchester locals at play conjure a city reeling from its industrial success
Documentary 1939 14 mins Location: Sheffield
A rare glimpse into the leisure pursuits of ordinary people in pre-war Britain.
1,000 lbs per Square Inch Guaranteed
1981 11 mins Location: Manchester
The hydraulic northern powerhouse - how water kept the rainy city going.
Cotton's 'shop Window'
Non-Fiction 1930 1 mins Location: Manchester
Get the speeches over with, we want the fashion show! Lancashire Cotton Fair opens in Manchester
Olivia Hussey and Leonard Whiting Q&A for Shakespeare Lives in 2016
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.
Morecambe and Wise - Be Wise Don't Drink and Drive
Public Information Filler 1963 1 mins
Ernie tells Eric to ‘be wise’ and not drive home after their Christmas party
Somercotes Parish Church Sunday School Procession 1953
Home movie 1953 5 mins Location: Somercotes
The Sunday school in their Sunday best taking their message into the community.
Malltraeth: birds observed
Home movie 1955 3 mins Location: Malltraeth
Anglesey-based artist Charles Tunnicliffe swaps brushes for a camera and offers us the chance to look a cormorant in its emerald-green eye.
Chalk Down Farming
News 1965 5 mins Location: Ogbourne St George
Life on a Wiltshire farm.
Pram Derby at Tewkesbury
News 1957 1 mins Location: Tewkesbury
Warning: contains images of men wearing nappies!