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Following in Father's Footsteps
Splendid portraits of three hopeful parliamentary candidates, filmed in the run-up to the 1924 general election.
Non-Fiction 1924 1 mins Silent
Election fever hits Britain and the newsreels enjoy a media storm, 1920s style, with these splendid portraits of three Labour candidates. We are introduced to Will and Arthur Henderson Jr., sons of Labour leader Arthur Henderson, and "not quite following in father's footsteps" the pipe-smoking Oliver Baldwin, son of Conservative leader Stanley Baldwin, who poses with housewives in the street.
Oliver Baldwin adopted his father's penchant for pipe smoking, but clearly not his political stance. An affirmed Marxist, Oliver contested the Dudley seat for Labour in the 1924 election, causing quite a stir in the media - reflected in this film's playfully ironic title.
Never Mind The Ballots
Vote for Froglet
Children's 1974 7 mins
As the general election is held in the UK, it's polling day for the Clangers on a small blue planet far away.
Coventry North West By-election
News 1976 5 mins Location: Coventry
Who's who in the 1976 Coventry North West by-election. A vital campaign for a former industrial centre now in economic crisis.
Campaigning film 1938 17 mins Location: London
A housewife galvanises her docker husband to take an interest in more important matters than the football pools.
Bolton Election Result
Non-Fiction 1912 1 mins Silent Location: Bolton
Women's Suffrage campaigners make their mark in a key by-election
Pike's Cine-Sound Pictorial Composite Reel No. 5
Non-Fiction 1986 19 mins Location: Pickering
Another example of a by-election protest vote as David Steel arrives to address the Pickering populace as the Liberals gain a famous victory in the middle of Thatcher’s rule.
Thinking about People
Party political broadcast 1965 10 mins
A Liberal dose of electioneering in this unmissable party political broadcast - an example of 1960s live TV saved on film.
Magazine and Review show 1985 8 mins Location: Kinver
From the temple to the hospital Kartar Singh is a leading practitioner of Sikhism.
A Day at the Zoo
Home movie 1950 10 mins Silent Location: Dudley
Polar bears and big cats far from their natural habitat try to make the most of life in a West Midlands zoo.
Easter Holiday Activities
Non-Fiction 1957 6 mins Silent Location: Birmingham
Out and about across the Midlands to see what people do with their Easter Monday holiday. Spring is in the air with time for swimming, funfairs and a good honest pint.
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.