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While Britain celebrates... A caustic reminder of conditions for London's East End underclass in George V's jubilee year.
Documentary 1935 10 mins Silent
The slums and unemployment lines of London's East End contrast sharply with Silver jubilee celebrations for George V in this lively and angry short film. Shot by amateur filmmakers without sound, it uses simple, effective juxtaposition techniques to portray the jubilee celebrations as bread and circuses - distracting public attention from social deprivation and reactionary policies (including rearmament).
Filmmakers like the Green brothers (both teachers, incidentally) were the ancestors of today's web-video activists taking their cameras to the streets. A shot of newsreel cameramen filming jubilee celebrations positions their own film as an expose of mainstream media as a tool of the status quo. After making the film, the brothers took it to the socialist film grouping the Workers Film and Photo League (which included some professional filmmakers) who recut it and added extra footage before making it available, for showing at political meetings, in the form seen here.
Preston and District Roll of Honour, 6th, 7th, 5th Series
Roll of Honour film 1915 14 mins Silent
A rare surviving WWI memorial film, featuring poignant images of men killed or injured serving in the armed forces.
Funeral at the Front
Non-Fiction 1915 1 mins Silent
Sombre and moving World War I newsreel story.
Peace Celebrations at Haslingden July 19th 1919
Non-Fiction 1919 13 mins Silent Location: Haslingden
Charming, fun and heartwarming portrait of a Lancashire town coming together to celebrate Peace Day.
Nurse and Martyr
Biopic 1915 11 mins Silent
The moving true story of wartime heroine Nurse Edith Cavell, recreated in the aftermath of her execution.
Unveiling of the War Memorial to the Men of Alfreton
Non-Fiction 1927 7 mins Silent Location: Alfreton
Thousands gather in Alfreton to remember the dead of the Great War.
Unveiling of 1914-1918 War Roll of Honour at Holywell, c. 1919
Non-Fiction 1919 5 mins Silent Location: Holywell/Treffynnon
Flintshire lost hundreds of men on the WW1 battlefields, Holywell contributing 32 who are commemorated on the Roll of Honour plaques on the Town Hall, seen here being unveiled.
A Boy's Life in the East End
Amateur film 1930 11 mins Silent Location: Stepney
In this intimate depiction of 1930s youth culture, of See how life plays out through the eyes of the young boys of Stepney, East London.
Sidney Street Siege
Non-Fiction 1911 6 mins Silent Location: Stepney
For real: the famous gunfight in Stepney caught on camera as it happened.
1935 Silver Jubilee
Non-Fiction 1935 11 mins Silent Location: Stepney
A dazzling portrait of Stepney in high spirits, celebrating the 25-year reign of King George V.
Knees Up, Mother Brown
Documentary 1964 12 mins Location: London
70 is definitely the new 20 in this heart-warming 1960s documentary portrait of the Darby and Joan Club for elderly Cockneys
Documentary drama 1973 40 mins Location: Stepney
Tired of being hassled by the police and with no job opportunities, a group of teenage East End lads plan to rob a bank.
L.C.C. Nursery School
Documentary 1938 7 mins Silent Location: Stepney
Work hard, play hard, rest hard - this London County Council nursery in the East End strikes the right balance.
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.