This film is part of Free
Health at the Centre
The latest developments in healthcare on show at Walton-on-Thames community health centre
The community health centre is "the biggest advance in general practice since antibiotics" as one doctor puts it, enabling doctors to work together rather than individually in their own houses. Healthcare has been a popular subject for documentary filmmakers since before the days of the National Health Service. See, for example, District Nurse (1952) which is also available to view on BFI Player.
This government film is a public record, preserved and presented by the BFI National Archive on behalf of The National Archives, home to more than 1,000 years of British history.
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Documentary 1928 3 mins Silent Location: Sheffield
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Short documentary 1970 25 mins Location: Walton-on-Thames
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Amateur film 1950 6 mins Silent Location: Walton-on-Thames
Amateur comedy film within a film, about the unforeseen risks of going to the cinema, including 3D films, ice creams, lions and spears!
Amateur film 1953 2 mins Silent Location: Walton-on-Thames
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Amateur film 1952 18 mins Location: Walton-on-Thames
An award winning animation by John Daborn and team, who were part of an animation collective with grand ideas of rivalling Disney
Scenes at the Walton-on-Thames Lawn Tennis Tournament Finals Day Scenes at the Walton-on-Thames Lawn Tennis Tournament Finals Day
Amateur film 1934 3 mins Silent Location: Walton-on-Thames
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Non-Fiction 1929 1 mins Silent Location: Walton-on-Thames
Freaky dog show, or world's worst pet owner competition? You decide.
Action and Adventure 1923 28 mins Silent Location: Tilbury
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Inside Film 2024 16 mins
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Drama 2023 2 mins
A group of young Black boys run into a building. One of them is about to do the unimaginable.
Romance 2023 2 mins
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Charity appeal 1939 10 mins
Long thought lost, this Powell-directed promotional short for a veteran’s charity was only rediscovered in 2003.
Documentary 1941 6 mins
A poignant, stirring letter from a recently deceased pilot to his mother is read by John Gielgud.