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A once common object in many households becomes transformed into a quirky dancing troupe in this simple homespun animation.
Animation & Artists Moving Image 1965 3 mins
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This is another whimsical film by Wakefield couple Doug and Norah Brear showing that, even with very limited resources, the average amateur filmmaker in the 1960s could still produce an inventive light hearted animation. Taking the most mundane of everyday objects, pipe cleaners – not so “everyday” any more – the Brears demonstrate that you don’t necessarily need hi-tech equipment to conjure up a delightful short animation.
Doug and Norah Brear were members of Wakefield Cine Club who made over 60 films between 1960 and 1985, many shown at film shows across Yorkshire by his friend and fellow filmmaker Roger Spence. Pipe smoking has declined drastically since the 1960s, when it was very common, especially among those who took a thoughtful approach to life. Harold Wilson, the then Prime Minister – named Pipe Smoker of the Year in the year that this film was made – was hardly ever seen in public without his pipe, buying him time to think through what he was about to say; perhaps exemplifying Albert Einstein’s reported remark that pipe smoking, "contributed to a somewhat calm and objective judgment in all human affairs”.
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Cinemagazine 1970 3 mins
A snazzy intro to the ancient textile-dyeing technique taking the 70s fashion world by storm.
Sponsored film 1969 33 mins Location: Darlington
Everything you always wanted to know about North East homing pigeons (but were afraid to ask).
Animation & Artists Moving Image 1945 1 mins
A wartime family look on in amazement as their old clothes offer useful advice on how to make their clothing coupons go further.
Promotional 1974 34 mins Location: River Aln
Quiet reflection on angling and the craft of elegant cane rods from the famous Hardy Brothers of Alnwick.
News 1974 9 mins Location: Rostrevor
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Current affairs 1965 2 mins Location: Plymouth
Former shipwright turns his talents to model-making.
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 1963 5 mins Location: Wakefield
The clinking of the milkman doing his daily rounds turns into a moving tale of romance between the contrasting beverages of day and night.
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.
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".
1972 11 mins Silent Location: Wakefield
Short documentary about how prison officers are trained and the impact this has at Wakefield maximum security prison.
Drama 2020 21 mins
A young Palestinian woman crosses the Israeli border illegally to find her long-lost brother, who she hopes will be her ticket to a new life.
Charity appeal 2020 2 mins
Beautiful NHS fundraiser, setting Michael Rosen’s poem to powerful archive images.
Non-Fiction 1924 1 mins Silent Location: Woking
The UK's first purpose-built mosque welcomes a huge crowd of worshippers - and newsreel cameras!
Comedy 1914 9 mins Silent
A vicar is caught flirting with an improperly-dressed chorus girl in this saucy silent comedy.
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Non-Fiction 1901 4 mins Silent Location: Manchester
A volunteer cavalry regiment is enthusiastically welcomed home after active service in South Africa.
Non-Fiction 1901 2 mins Silent Location: Liverpool
All ashore! Passengers disembark and crew offload after a long Atlantic crossing.
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