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Indian Elephants in the Service of Man
Indian elephants in action as working animals and in hunting, filmed by celebrated hunter-turned-conservationist Jim Corbett
Non-Fiction 1938 15 mins Silent
The use of elephants in India as working animals and in hunting, as filmed by Jim Corbett, a well-known Anglo-Indian hunter. Here Corbett swaps his gun for a 16mm camera, demonstrating an acute eye for a very different kind of shot. His affectionate images of the elephants shows off the gentler side that prefigures his later abandonment of hunting and conversion to the cause of conservationism.
Edward James 'Jim' Corbett (1875–1955) was also an author and naturalist, who wrote about his exploits hunting tigers and leopards in India. The Jim Corbett Park, India's first national park, was renamed after him in 1957.
India on Film: 1899-1947
Panorama of Calcutta, India, From the River Ganges. Panorama of Calcutta, India, From the River Ganges.
Non-Fiction 1899 2 mins Silent
One of the earliest films to be shot in India apparently shows the Calcutta ghats - or does it?
Villenour. (French India: Territory of Pondicherry) Villenour. (French India: Territory of Pondicherry)
Travelogue 1914 4 mins Silent
Gorgeously dreamlike colour images of (then) French India – present-day Puducherry
Travelogue 1928 9 mins Silent
Documentary detailing a farmer’s visit to the market in Rawalpindi
Amateur film 1947 4 mins Silent
Millions of Muslims flee to Lahore in the newly created state of Pakistan, prompted by the partition of British India
Travelogue 1909 4 mins Silent
Rare stencil-coloured images of early 20th century Delhi during a Muslim festival
Amateur film 1943 25 mins Silent
A stunning trek from the vale of Kashmir, via Sind Valley and Kargil and Lamayaru Monastry
Drama 2020 21 mins
A young Palestinian woman crosses the Israeli border illegally to find her long-lost brother, who she hopes will be her ticket to a new life.
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.