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There are echoes of Fritz Lang in this short film about a shadowy figure following a child through woodland - but what is his true purpose?
Amateur film 1959 8 mins
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This creepy film starts with newsagent posters telling of an escape from Broadmoor. We see a girl deliver newspapers to a house from which a small child emerges followed by a nanny pushing a pram. They both walk along quiet streets to a local park - followed by a sinister man. The nanny rests on a bench while the child chases her ball to an isolated spot. A shadow looms over her. Her scream alerts the nanny who finds the man on the ground revealing the Emperor moth he’s just caught.
Birthday For Peter
Amateur film 1958 9 mins Silent Location: Sevenoaks
Peter’s birthday is one his suffering parents would rather forget in this harrowing film from the Sevenoaks Cine Society
The Broken Swastika
Amateur film 1932 13 mins Silent Location: Bournemouth
In this bizarre 1932 short film produced by the Bournemouth Cine Society, a swastika pendant becomes a plot device in a kidnapping drama.
Amateur film 1936 16 mins Silent Location: Plas Newydd
Catapult-wielding democrats take on wader-wearing fascists in this ‘Plas Newydd’ drama filmed by the Marquis of Anglesey.
.. And Other Stories
Amateur film 1979 7 mins Location: Eastbourne
A sophisticated bookish blonde proves to be a murderer’s nemesis in this atmospheric thriller-with-a-twist from the Eastbourne Cine Group
A Pocketful of Fear
Amateur film 1963 11 mins Silent Location: West Boldon
Buckle up for some asphalt angst on a tense 1960s road trip on and off the A19.
It Happened Thus
Amateur film 1937 13 mins Silent Location: Newcastle upon Tyne
A valuable necklace is stolen – but where is the thief?
Shooting of Dan McGrew - Day Trips for Hikers
Amateur film 1937 12 mins Silent Location: Surrey
The wackier side of Eltham appears in this beserk double-bill complete with guns, gods, car chases, soggy picnics, loads of booze and snogging
Amateur film 1971 5 mins Location: Surrey
From the decade that style forgot comes this bonkers comedy which shows the qualities ladies must look for in any prospective husband
Documentary 1972 27 mins Silent Location: Stratford
Slicing ham by day, gliding across a dance floor by night - introducing Mr and Mrs Rainbird, proud owners of a grocery shop on Romford Rd, Newham.
Old Collegians Versus Lyons CC
Amateur film 1949 2 mins Silent Location: Surrey
There as much going on off the pitch as there is on in this remarkable film which features summer fashions, stripey blazers and pipes aplenty
Amateur film 1952 7 mins Silent Location: West Sussex
The changing rhythm of the seasons are captured in this award-winning short film – which also features skipping, lambs, picnics and bikinis
Farewell to Steam
Amateur film 1966 3 mins Silent Location: Hampshire
A film maker's attempt to record the last steam-hauled passenger and freight trains running along the West of England mainline from Waterloo
ABC in Sound
Animation & Artists Moving Image 1933 2 mins
Hand-drawn sound experiment by Bauhaus professor László Moholy-Nagy.
Hovis: Boy on the Bike
Advert 1974 1 mins Location: Shaftesbury
A classic slice of British advertising history, though that hill's not as Northern as it looks...
Workforce of Parkgate Iron and Steel Co., Rotherham (1901)
Non-Fiction 1901 3 mins Silent Location: Rotherham
Edwardian workers react to the camera at one of Rotherham's major employers.
Workforce of Ormerod's Mill, Great Moor Street, Bolton (1900)
Non-Fiction 1900 1 mins Silent Location: Great Moor St, Bolton
Eager youngsters burst out of the gates of a Victorian cotton mill.
The Henley Regatta
Sport 1901 1 mins Silent Location: Henley-on-Thames
It's the first weekend of July 1901, and high society are on the Thames
Advert 1898 1 mins Silent Location: St Pancras
An unusual farewell in this charming early film
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