National Screen and Sound Archive of Wales preserves and celebrates the sound and moving image heritage of Wales, making it accessible to a wide range of users for enjoyment and learning. Its film collection reflects every aspect of the nation’s social, cultural and working life across the 20th century, giving a fascinating insight into Welsh filmmaking, both amateur and professional.
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George's Party and Porthcawl Prom
Socialising at home - on George’s birthday, perhaps, and at Christmas – and walking the promenade.
Home movie 1957 14 mins Silent
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Adults young and old cram into the house in Porthcawl (probably) for George’s party. There is beer and sherry, and the kettle goes on for those who fancy tea. A little boy enjoys the limelight for a bit and mother checks the baby upstairs. Another day it’s dressing up in old-timey American clothes for an event, and then it’s Christmas Day, with a sing-song in the morning followed by turkey and tea. In the new year, the family – and Mickey Mouse - venture out to the prom at Porthcawl.
Ordinary and Extraordinary Lives
Home movie 1936 28 mins Silent
Lloyd George tours the sights of Nazi Germany while his chauffeurs lark about with an SS Officer in this grimly fascinating film.
Home movie 1962 24 mins Silent
An intimate portrait of the family life of the Taberhams, including Ruth and Tigger Cat at Christmastime, idling in the garden, and a wedding.
Home movie 1948 8 mins Silent Location: Michaelston-le-Pit
A newly-built, dream home in Michaelston-le-Pit, Cardiff, where industrialist H H Merrett’s grandchildren have ample space to play.
Arthur Conan Doyle Relaxes with his Family at Windlesham Arthur Conan Doyle Relaxes with his Family at Windlesham
Amateur film 1929 17 mins Silent
The creator of Sherlock Holmes, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, relaxes with his family in Windlesham and goes on tour to Egypt, Africa and Australia
Home movie 1950 4 mins Silent Location: Galgate
50 years together - congratulations! A family celebration of a long and happy married life.
Home movie 1920 87 mins Silent Location: Cliveden
Astor family and friends at play, from boating on the River Thames to fishing in Scotland and riding at Cliveden.
Advert 1959 12 mins Location: Merthyr Tydfil
What makes a South Wales Sunshine Girl? Well, the answer may vary depending on whether you ask a chauvinist or a feminist!
Stone laying Ceremony, Albert Edward, Prince of Wales Court, Porthcawl, Glamorgan, Wales Stone laying Ceremony, Albert Edward, Prince of Wales Court, Porthcawl, Glamorgan, Wales
Non-Governmental Organisations sponsored film 1970 20 mins Location: Porthcawl
Fascinating look at a Masonic stone-laying ceremony, as Earl Cadogan confirms the name of the building, lays a time capsule and conducts the ceremony.
Opening Ceremony of Albert Edward, Prince of Wales Court, Porthcawl, Glamorgan, Wales Opening Ceremony of Albert Edward, Prince of Wales Court, Porthcawl, Glamorgan, Wales
Non-Governmental Organisations sponsored film 1974 21 mins Location: Porthcawl
Inside a new residential home on the Glamorgan coast, with a speech from Earl Cadogan, choice quotes from residents and input from the architect.
Amateur film 1940 20 mins Silent Location: Llandaff
5 gold rings, 4 sunny days, 3 long white dresses, 2 kilts and uniforms and a ceremony in Llandaff Cathedral.
Home movie 1920 18 mins Silent Location: Porthcawl
Carnival time in Porthcawl and the Savoy Cabbage Comic Band are, as advertised, murdering music and the Merrett family/friends picnic with wind-up gramophone and lethal slide.
Davis Family Films: Mum's Funeral, Haringey and Porthcawl (1964) Davis Family Films: Mum's Funeral, Haringey and Porthcawl (1964)
Amateur film 1964 5 mins Silent Location: Harringay
Despite the sad subject matter, this is a sweet film with great shots of south Wales scenery and opening with a family sun-worshipping session in London.
Documentary 2020 11 mins
Searching for one of the last people to speak Gayle - a secret language the gay community were forced to invent during Apartheid.
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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