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Hastings - holiday town of contrasts
Just as the Costas began to dominate, here's a lovely film about having a holiday in Hastings. So don't forget your bikini as you enjoy the sights, play Bingo and eat fish & chips.
Promotional 1972 18 mins
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A 1972 film promoting Hastings as a holiday destination. Unusually, it features vox-pops from holidaymakers, who all agree that the resort has everything including; safe beaches where bikinis rule, the annual Carnival, a noisy Town Crier's contest, trips to various castles, Kipling's house at Burwash and holidaymakers having fun. That includes water-skiing, fishing, visiting subterranean caves and a pottery, playing bowls and Bingo and enjoying fresh fish & chips.
Animation & Artists Moving Image 1946 2 mins Silent Location: Hastings
Post- war Hastings needs to brace itself for change in this short film from the Town Planning Department
Short documentary 2016 13 mins Location: St Leonards
Concluding Michael Smith and Maxy Bianco's trilogy on Britain's coastal edgelands, this films looks specifically at the bohemian eccentricity of Hastings.
Hastings' Week of Pageantry: Sir Herbert Tree Unveils the Tablet to Kean & Elliston Hastings' Week of Pageantry: Sir Herbert Tree Unveils the Tablet to Kean & Elliston
Non-Fiction 1914 2 mins Silent Location: Hastings
A plaque commemorating the first theatre in Hastings is unveiled and Stone Age dwellers take to the lake for a race.
Amateur film 1952 17 mins Silent Location: St Leonards
Join the Youngs as they tour a number of historic coastal towns and resorts during a May holiday in the early fifties
Amateur film 1938 15 mins Silent Location: Hastings
Hastings looks marvellous in this sumptuous colour film from the late 1930s - complete with sunbathing, swimming and being slapped with a fish
Non-Fiction 1926 1 mins Silent Location: Hastings
Town criers test their vocal mettle and there's a comic knees-up in this curious tinted newsreel item
Comedy 2020 10 mins
When the future rocks up at your front door and punches you in the face, there's only one thing to do: go on a massive f*cking bender.
Documentary 2018 6 mins
Through spoken word poetry coupled with evocative images, Dudu explores the issue of colourism and its effects on self-identity.
Animation & Artists Moving Image 2019 10 mins
When an astronaut ponders the silence of space, he comes upon a startling self-realisation.
Comedy 2020 6 mins
Teenage Freddie doesn't seem to think that the apocalypse would be all that bad, as he boogies his troubles away on a gorgeous sunny hill.
Documentary 2020 10 mins
The rickshaw drivers, 'Autowalas', of New Delhi, talk about economic struggles, stigmas, politics and cultural issues that impact their livelihoods.
Animation & Artists Moving Image 2019 1 mins
This short animation reflects on whether each breath is a moment of respite or agitation.
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