The South West Film and Television Archive (SWFTA) is the regional film archive for the South West of England. Established in 1993, SWFTA's core collection comprises of the combined programme libraries of Westward Television and TSW (Television South West). The archive also cares for a significant number of donated film collections, both amateur and professional, dating back to the early 1900s.
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Honeymooning in Torquay is a communal affair.
News 1962 7 mins
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Mrs Barnard is the owner of the Honeymoon Hotel in Torquay and it specialises in catering for honeymooning couples giving them a chance to socialise with each other. In the 1960s honeymoons become more affordable and package deals are offered to newly-weds with entertainment included. The fashionable seaside town of Torquay is transformed from a fishing port to a holiday seaside resort.
Torbay’s sandy beaches and mild climate earn it the nickname of the English Riviera and it is easily accessible by train. The exact origin of the word honeymoon is unknown although reference is made to it in the sixteenth century about the first month of marriage being the sweetest. In the nineteenth century couples would embark on a bridal tour and in the twentieth century a honeymoon becomes an intimate private holiday and chance to get to know each prior to embarking on married life.
Good Strong Coffee
Advert 1968 2 mins Silent
Far-out guys and groovy gals drop doses of good strong coffee in this psychedelic 1968 ad for the hot black stuff.
Music video 1980 24 mins Location: Great Yarmouth
Four rowdy teen punks tussle with the girls they fancy in this energetic pop music film shot on the seafront at Great Yarmouth.
Iroquois Rain Dance
News 1984 4 mins Location: Burrator Reservoir
Iroquois Earth Songs connect businessman to nature
Tribe of the Sun
Documentary 1972 24 mins
The ill-fated dreams of Sid Rawls’ band of ‘ultra hippies’ attempting a self-sufficient communal life on John Lennon’s ‘Beatle Island’.
First Purpose-built Traveller's Site in Britain
News 1975 2 mins Location: Wisbech
Does staying on a permanent site interfere with travellers' traditions? Travellers who live in caravans on a site in Wisbech speak to Anglia TV
Truro Carnival Week
News 1932 4 mins Silent Location: Truro
Trurorians enjoy street carnival celebrations
Cue Danny La Rue
Current affairs 1982 5 mins Location: Torquay
The charming entertainer explains his love of the frock.
News 1962 1 mins Silent Location: Torquay
Police Constable learns to read differently.
Young Tennis Player Jo Louis
Sport 1980 5 mins Location: Torquay
Young tennis hopeful Jo Louis is at a coaching session in Torquay
Roger Taylor v Mike Sangster
Sport 1964 4 mins Location: Torquay
Two of the Best of British compete against each other in Torquay
Sue Barker competing in Torquay
Sport 1984 12 mins Location: Torquay
Sue Barker returns to home turf with a very special fan
Sue Barker plays Evonne Goolagong
Sport 1971 9 mins Location: Torquay
A young pretender takes on the Wimbledon Champion
Comedy 1919 35 mins Silent
A protective father masquerades as an automatic doll in this bonkers interwar comedy.
Spirit of Mayday
1937 11 mins Silent
May Day – a significant day for the labour movement – is covered by the cameras of the Film and Photograph League.
Cornelius Cardew 1936-1981
Performance 1986 55 mins
An exploration of the life and work of the controversial British composer.
1935 9 mins
Let it bleed? This exemplary education film gets to the heart of the matter.
U.A.B. (Workers Newsreel No.3)
Non-Fiction 1935 12 mins Silent
Punchy political film capturing mass protests against unemployment.
The Merry Month of May
1937 15 mins Silent
A spirited satire on the coronation of George VI made by members of the Film and Photograph League.