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The clinking of the milkman doing his daily rounds turns into a moving tale of romance between the contrasting beverages of day and night.
Animation & Artists Moving Image 1963 5 mins
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This whimsical animation by Wakefield couple Doug and Norah Brear wonderfully shows off the inventiveness of many amateur filmmakers in the 1960s. It was the days when milk was delivered to everyone’s front door, as well as given to all school children, and beer was considered to be “good for you”; and so, what could be more healthy than the marriage of the two?
Doug and Norah Brear made over 60 films between 1960 and 1985. The 1970s saw the start of the decline of milk floats and home deliveries, having to compete with supermarkets selling cheap milk in cartons, and furthered by the deregulation of the British milk industry in 1994. In the 1950s and 60s the Milk Marketing Board had a spate of advertising slogans, including "milk's gotta lotta bottle", written by the jingle king Rod Allen, and "drinka pinta milka day", seen here, memorably mimicked by Tony Hancock. The beer slogan is a variation on ‘Guinness is Good for You’, although the reference is undoubtedly to the famous Mackeson milk stout, who had a cartoon of a beer barrel and a milk urn snuggling up together.
Amateur film 1994 8 mins Location: Harlesden
A female protagonist falls prey to the ‘Shadowman’, who stalks his victim before attack. Uses stop-motion animation as well as live action.
George on a Cycling Tour through Sussex
Amateur film 1961 14 mins Silent
A surrealistic animation featuring cut-out characters on a beserk bicycle ride through Sussex towards a final destination in the Brighton Dome.
Howway the Lasses
Documentary 1977 1 mins Location: Northumberland
This jaunty hand-drawn animation charts the history of womens revolutionary road to freedom in the North East - from Stone Age sister to suffragette of the twentieth century.
Is This Your Life?
Amateur film 1957 9 mins Silent
An unusual and visually sophisticated commentary on the routine drabness and drudgery of everyday suburban existence.
Larn Yersel' Geordie
Animation & Artists Moving Image 1980 11 mins Location: Newcastle upon Tyne
Learn how to speak Geordie with a riotous animation of Scott Dobsons popular vernacular lessons.
Animation & Artists Moving Image 1964 3 mins
Petty party politics gets animated - literally - in this amateur cartoon with a message.
Amateur film 1977 4 mins Location: Wakefield
The wheels on the bus go round and round, bringing toys and joys to pre-schoolers in West Yorkshire.
Animation & Artists Moving Image 1965 3 mins Location: Wakefield
A once common object in many households becomes transformed into a quirky dancing troupe in this simple homespun animation.
Don’t Worry, I'll Manage
Amateur film 1964 5 mins Location: Wakefield
A cautionary tale of what happens when a husband is left by his wife to fend for himself; forgetting to put tea in the tea pot for one thing.
What a Way to Go
Amateur film 1979 5 mins Location: Wakefield
A nightmare scenario of a pauper’s funeral, as well as being buried alive, brought to life in this whimsical tale of a man laid low with flu.
Travelogue 1955 3 mins Location: Wakefield
John Betjeman whimsically appreciates Wakefield and its people - who "are like their houses, unpretentious and a bit grim on the outside".
Keeper and Kept
1972 11 mins Silent Location: Wakefield
Short documentary about how prison officers are trained and the impact this has at Wakefield maximum security prison.
The Lost Highway
Promotional 2019 10 mins
A wandering warrior dreams of a new form of expression, in this promo for UNKLE’s album The Road: Part II / Lost Highway Pt. II directed by Warren Du Preez and Nick Thornton Jones.
Colour on the Thames
1935 16 mins
A rare glimpse of 1930s London in colour: the Thames has never looked lovelier.
What's Missing from this Picture?
Advert 1946 1 mins Silent
Life is looking up! The war is over and the “Corona” Man can visit his “Corona” families once more, door-to-door.
Fun at Rhyl
Advert 1962 0 mins Location: Rhyl
Cinema advertisement for Marine Lake & Ocean Beach, Rhyl, a popular destination for crowds set on a day's fun on free rides.
Local Cinema Advertisements - Blaenau Ffestiniog and Merthyr
Advert 1942 7 mins Silent Location: Blaenau Ffestiniog
Who could deny these advertising claims: "Attractive hair is the ambition of every woman", and "Your family will enjoy Lincoln potatoes"?
Shippam's Three Beans
Advert 1955 1 mins
Operatic chickens, shrimps and salmon sing-a-long with a paste pot chorus in this vibrantly animated advert for Shippam's
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