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Mods & Rockers
A mop-topped Mick Fleetwood bashes the drums and steals the show in this bizarre 1960s beat ballet music film.
With a hairy young Mick Fleetwood on drum duty, unheralded British R'n'B band The Cheynes provide rocking backing for this bewildering full-colour beat ballet from 1965. Groovy young hipsters get down at a coffee bar before tensions erupt at the Vicar's crypt-kicking dance party, where a mod girl gets involved with a rocker boy.
This film's associate producer, flamboyant pop impresario Larry Parnes, was no stranger to the music business. He'd guided great British rock 'n' roller Billy Fury to stardom, and had profitably handled the careers of various other pop protégés, with the press rechristening him Mr Parnes, Shillings and Pence.
Advert 1968 2 mins Silent
Far-out guys and groovy gals drop doses of good strong coffee in this psychedelic 1968 ad for the hot black stuff.
News 1971 5 mins Location: Glastonbury
Glastonbury ley lines for iconic pyramid stage to heighten a festival-goer’s experience
Promotional 2016 1 mins
Anarchy in the UK… This rare footage presents a short blast of the punk energy that took over the streets of Britain in the late 1970s.
News 1968 2 mins Location: Truro
The Women’s Liberation movement’s burn your bra campaign hits Truro.
Drama 1979 24 mins Location: London
Nerdy teenage mummy's boy David dreams of wowing the girls with his disco dance moves - but alas he was born with two left feet.
Amateur film 1929 8 mins Silent Location: Ham Spray Ho
The wilder fringes of the Bloomsbury Group are exposed in this dark amateur film starring Dora Carrington.
Twickenham's Town Hall Empire News Bulletin No. 42 Twickenham's Town Hall Empire News Bulletin No. 42
Non-Fiction 1926 1 mins Silent Location: Twickenham
Umbrellas, top hats and maces are all out and proud at the royal opening of new council chambers in Twickenham.
Documentary 1935 17 mins Location: Thames Head
Swans, boats and bridges are celebrated by lyrical commentary and fine images in this delightful tour of the Thames from “trivial” beginnings to torrential end.
Non-Fiction 1936 10 mins Location: Twickenham
Society weddings, FA Cup finals and Shakespeare’s birthday all feature in this newsreel from 1936, featuring amusingly droll commentary.
Non-Fiction 1926 6 mins Silent Location: Twickenham
Bunting, boats, funfairs and donkey rides as cheering crowds celebrate the great day Twickenham is made a municipal borough.
Non-Fiction 1930 1 mins Silent Location: Twickenham
An energetic display of tightly co-ordinated acrobatics impresses dignitaries – including the Home Secretary – at the police orphanage’s annual prize day.
Comedy 1914 14 mins Silent Location: Twickenham
The intrepid Lieutenant Pimple thwarts foreign enemies in an action-packed wartime spy spoof.
Action and Adventure 1923 28 mins Silent Location: Tilbury
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Inside Film 2024 16 mins
Filmmakers Jane Giles and Ali Catterall discuss their documentary Scala!!!, revisiting the legendary and inspirational cinema venue and some of the most notorious films that screened there.
Drama 2023 2 mins
A group of young Black boys run into a building. One of them is about to do the unimaginable.
Romance 2023 2 mins
A queercore romance - a visceral and immersive exploration of the power of the mosh pit and finding love in the most unlikely of places.
Charity appeal 1939 10 mins
Long thought lost, this Powell-directed promotional short for a veteran’s charity was only rediscovered in 2003.
Documentary 1941 6 mins
A poignant, stirring letter from a recently deceased pilot to his mother is read by John Gielgud.