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London to Margate
Set sail with the Cambridge Camera Club as they take to the Thames for a post-war day out at Margate.
Amateur film 1947 8 mins Silent
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The Cambridge Camera Club, founded in 1902, ran a programme of trips alongside the usual club meetings and competitions. As the group voyage down the Thames, amateur photographers are hard at work aboard the newly built Royal Sovereign II, built that year after its predecessor struck a mine during the war. While the fun at Margate is only glimpsed, there's plenty of merriment aboard.
Documentary 1955 16 mins Location: Westminster
Discover the history of the Thames River Police with a rather different tour of London's iconic river.
Amateur film 1969 3 mins Silent Location: Westminster
Take to the streets for a trade union march on the Victoria Embankment and joyous carnival scenes in Bethnal Green.
Amateur film 1933 8 mins Silent Location: Tower Hamlets
Whistle stop tour of the Thames' iconic locations, followed by crowds, eels and strongmen in the East End.
Amateur film 1934 14 mins Silent Location: London
From the Tower of London to Hyde Park Corner, this is a wonderful short sharp tour of several London landmarks.
Training film/TV programme 1942 36 mins Location: Tower Hamlets
Fascinating, technical military film made during the Blitz showing how to deal with unexploded bombs in London.
News 1945 1 mins Location: London
A newsreel announcer is unimpressed with London’s striking dockers in this short film from 1945.
Documentary 2019 6 mins
A short documentary about a young girl who leaves home to join a travelling Fun Park in hopes of finding a new family.
Animation & Artists Moving Image 2018 4 mins
Sleazy and vain Toast tries to win back an ex flame, the beautiful Egg, but the hideous Big Toast is now on the scene.
Drama 2019 4 mins
A female police officer sees more than she bargained for on her first tough day in the force.
Drama 2019 8 mins
Two old friends take a walk on a summer's afternoon and discover they have less in common than they thought.
Documentary 2020 4 mins
Three young women live in a society which has ingrained gender roles as law. They face the difficulties of being queer women in a close-knit religious society.
Drama 2019 10 mins
Vojta and Rami roam around Prague, witnessing the damage caused by mass tourism.
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