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Hammersmith Flyover, Hammersmith (1961)
Watch – and learn – as the massive Hammersmith Flyover miraculously rises over Hammersmith Broadway during its complex construction period.
School programme and Educational film 1961 37 mins
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Lively, proud film by the Cement and Concrete Association looking at the construction of Hammersmith flyover. Has terrific scenes of road traffic from the 1930s and 1960s, and Hammersmith Broadway before the flyover. The film contains some fairly dense technical information, but also numerous great moments showing the flyover slowly rising over Hammersmith and indicating how challenges were met. Note also the interesting attitude to health and safety.
Industry sponsored film 1963 5 mins Silent Location: Hammersmith
London Transport engineers experiment with two options for the automatic ticket gates being developed for the Victoria line.
Amateur film 1958 7 mins Silent Location: Hackney
Hackney Downs School Cadets in athletics training and competition, filmed by teacher Joe Brearley.
1977 13 mins Location: Hammersmith
Environmentalists wage war on the Greater London Council in this eye-opening account of a battle to save Hammersmith's open spaces.
Official Opening of the Classic Hammersmith including Hammersmith Regatta News Reel Official Opening of the Classic Hammersmith including Hammersmith Regatta News Reel
Non-Fiction 1951 5 mins Location: Hammersmith
Who needs the Boat Race? Not Hammersmith, with its own regatta - complete with greasy pole competition. Nearby, the Classic Cinema reopens to fanfare.
Non-Fiction 1925 4 mins Silent Location: Hammersmith
Oxford and Cambridge battle it out in traditional fashion on the River Thames.
Factual TV 1967 7 mins Location: Stevenage
In the 21st year following the first New Town designation to Stevenage, Anglia TV report on the quality of life of two of its residents, also 21, London-born Russell and David.
Drama 1965 5 mins
The powerful, multifaceted spirt and energies of the revolutionary 1960s are channelled in dynamic, monochrome microcosm.
Short documentary 2021 5 mins
Susan Wokoma introduces Alice Lowe’s slasher comedy Prevenge, reflecting on Lowe’s journey making and starring in the film while pregnant, and her rich palette of classic influences.
Performance 1990 27 mins
The Bow Gamelan Ensemble stage spectacular avant-garde musical shows.
Animation & Artists Moving Image 1973 15 mins
An elderly man takes a hypnotic journey through his memories in the moments before his death.
Documentary 1969 12 mins
The supreme intent and personal biography of a Black Panther contrasts with the alienating propaganda of late-night television.
Short documentary 2021 3 mins
Ruth Wilson introduces the exquisite coming-of-age drama from Céline Sciamma (Portrait of a Lady on Fire)
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