The Yorkshire Film Archive collects, preserves, and shows film made in, or about Yorkshire. Our collections are non-fiction, dating from the 1890s to the present day, and providing a rich and visually compelling record of all aspects of lives, cultures, landscape, industries, major events and everyday activities, many of which are available to watch, free of charge, on our website.
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It's No Joke Living in Barnsley
Barnsley-born actor Brian Glover returns to his Yorkshire hometown in this RTS-winning portrait of 1970s working-class northern life.
Lifestyle show 1976 26 mins
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This funny and poignant short film, fronted by notable Yorkshire-born actor Brian Glover, presents the state of Barnsley’s contemporary cultural and social scenes. Glover uses his humour and charm to gain candid responses from local residents on both light-hearted and moving issues.
Brian Glover was a well-known figure in Yorkshire after starring in Ken Loach’s drama Kes (1969) as Mr Sugden. He went onto appear in the Hollywood film Alien 3 (1992).
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