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Hong Kong Happenings Part 2
Scenes of typhoon-torn Hong Kong captured by a local resident.
Amateur film 1937 9 mins Silent
A series of elegiac panning shots taken by an amateur filmmaker reveal the devastation wrought by a typhoon that swept across Hong Kong and nearby islands in September 1937. We are invited to contemplate the damage and admire the resilience of the residents as they clear the debris and start to rebuild their damaged homes.
Contemporary newspaper reports estimate that the disaster resulted in a death toll of around 400 people and that an aid appeal for £1000 was made in the UK to help towards the rebuilding programme.
East Meets West
Documentary 1940 24 mins Silent Location: Hong Kong
This intimate study of Hong Kong explores the life and landscape of the former British colony in exquisite detail.
Home movie 1935 18 mins Silent Location: Aberdeen
Join a group of ex-pats on a tour around Hong Kong, long before it became defined by its skyscraper skyline.
Amateur film 1938 14 mins Silent Location: Tai Po Road
The famous island is only part of Hong Kong, as this intrepid amateur explorer-cum-filmmaker reveals in this intriguing travelogue.
Home movie 1935 13 mins Silent Location: Hong Kong
Striking snapshots of life in a colonial outpost in the 1930s.
Amateur film 1938 17 mins Silent Location: Hong Kong
Christmas decorations jostle for attention among thousands of street signs in this amateur exploration of Hong Kong Island’s busy streets.
Amateur film 1937 8 mins Silent Location: Hong Kong
Poignant amateur footage records the aftermath of one of the worst typhoons in Hong Kong's history.
Charity appeal 2020 2 mins
Beautiful NHS fundraiser, setting Michael Rosen’s poem to powerful archive images.
Non-Fiction 1924 1 mins Silent Location: Woking
The UK's first purpose-built mosque welcomes a huge crowd of worshippers - and newsreel cameras!
Comedy 1914 9 mins Silent
A vicar is caught flirting with an improperly-dressed chorus girl in this saucy silent comedy.
Manchester's Welcome to the Imperial Yeomanry (1901) Manchester's Welcome to the Imperial Yeomanry (1901)
Non-Fiction 1901 4 mins Silent Location: Manchester
A volunteer cavalry regiment is enthusiastically welcomed home after active service in South Africa.
Non-Fiction 1901 2 mins Silent Location: Liverpool
All ashore! Passengers disembark and crew offload after a long Atlantic crossing.
Spectators Promenading in Weston Park, Sheffield (1902) Spectators Promenading in Weston Park, Sheffield (1902)
Non-Fiction 1902 3 mins Silent Location: Weston Park
A stroll in the park for civilised city-dwellers in Edwardian South Yorkshire.