This film is part of Free
A simple special effect enlivens an early crime film
Crime 1896 1 mins Silent
The backdrop of this short fiction - one of the earliest British crime films - represents Ludgate Circus, with its obelisk and flashing electric advertising hoardings. The effect is produced by punching holes on the backlit backdrop and moving a dark card to block out the lights as the action takes place in the foreground. This clever device was adopted from magic lantern slides.
This film has traditionally been attributed to Robert Paul as it was acquired by the BFI National Archive alongside other films by the company, but no documentary evidence has yet been found to support this.
Robert Paul: Giant of Early Film
Non-Fiction 1896 1 mins Silent Location: Blackfriars Br
Top-hatted pedestrians and horse-drawn traffic pass over Blackfriars Bridge in London
Crime 1907 7 mins Silent
There’s a killer on the loose in Muswell Hill
Aberdeen University Quarter Centenary Celebrations Aberdeen University Quarter Centenary Celebrations
Non-Fiction 1906 32 mins Silent Location: Aberdeen
Edward VII and Queen Alexandra open new buildings at Marischal College, Aberdeen
Comedy 1904 2 mins Silent
A boy being supervised by his grandmother sees a chance for mischief
Science Fiction 1906 3 mins Silent
The lengths that some people will go to, just to avoid a speeding ticket… in this case to Saturn and back.
Trick film 1903 1 mins Silent
A comic traffic incident
1962 12 mins Location: Soho
A children’s guide to bustling Soho, with a glimpse of its music industry, architecture and thriving restaurant scene.
Documentary 1969 25 mins
On release from jail, a man recalls the events leading up to his imprisonment.
1968 78 mins
It’s Britain vs USA in this drama by Dennis Potter as mild-mannered George finds himself in thrall to brash American Sam.
Drama 1968 27 mins
Three women seek the truth about love from a crystal ball in an early Fay Weldon play about trust and jealousy.
Action and Adventure 1955 28 mins
Four village schoolchildren encounter a spot of trouble when some crooks take up residence in the woods.
The one where Lindsay Anderson makes a film about fuel efficiency…