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Private Life of the Gannets
The marginal lives of a breeding colony of gannets on the isolated Pembrokeshire island of Grassholm
Documentary 1934 14 mins
The lonely seclusion of an Irish Sea island is intruded upon for this pioneering account of the lives of northern gannets. The hardy seabirds are observed at different life stages: as hatching eggs, daring juveniles and nesting adults. The threat of predatory gulls terrorizes the eyrie, but the gannets are hunters too, plunging at speed from great heights into the sea for fish.
This Oscar winning model of wildlife filmmaking was made by the biologist Julian Huxley, with photography from Hollywood cinematographer Osmond Borradaile, famed for his skills in outdoor shooting. The visual style of later television nature documentary can already be seen here in nascent form. Aerial shots of Grassholm provide context, while close-ups of the birds and time-lapse and slow-motion photography manipulate time to reveal avian activities both fast and slow. Its closing call for a truce between man and nature reveals an environmentalist sentiment that resonates decades on.
Oscars - Best Picture
Drama 1959 32 mins
Short film by James Hill about a girl who works in her father's rural Italian petrol station and her longing to escape.
Government sponsored film 1940 9 mins Location: London
Humphrey Jennings and Harry Watt’s famous GPO film is an enduring example of British self-mythology; a hymn to London’s resilience that helped persuade America to join the war.
1941 20 mins
A shipment of dried cod bound for Germany is sprayed with kerosene by a young Norwegian in one of the more inventive acts of anti-Nazi sabotage from this gripping film.
Documentary 1943 18 mins
Nominated for an Oscar, this film dramatically depicts the carefully plotted invasion which took Hitler by surprise and led to the defeat of Axis powers in Africa.
Home movie 1953 10 mins Silent Location: Tenby/Dinbych-y-pysgod
From Heywood in Lancashire to a farm near Tenby, Pembrokeshire, for a holiday filled with sandcastles and cattle, hiking and motorbikes.
Amateur film 1954 10 mins Silent Location: Saundersfoot
The joys of sand, sea and ice-creams under a Pembrokeshire sun for the Wright family from Bristol.
Pembrokeshire: life on the land and the Alumchine ferry Pembrokeshire: life on the land and the Alumchine ferry
Home movie 1952 7 mins Silent Location: Manorbier
I could join the circus, thinks the nimble lurcher, perhaps, at Westhill Farm, Manorbier. Over at Barn Farm, Rosemarket, a bull braves dogs.
Home movie 1961 14 mins Silent Location: Tenby/Dinbych-y-pysgod
Such are the natural beauties of Pembrokeshire that a holiday there is a tonic! This group – 2 women, 1 man, 2 dogs – enjoy the sun, sea and picnics.
Home movie 1939 11 mins Silent Location: Pembroke/Penfro
Guides gathered in Pembroke demonstrate their many and varied skills for The Princess Royal e.g. sewing, semaphore, singing and dancing, First Aid, fires and erecting tents.
Drama 2020 11 mins
Having left home to work with his uncle, Iqbal finds himself unable to return because what he is running from is not confined to the city.
Drama 2019 26 mins
Arkita believes herself to be be modern, liberal and independent. An unprecedented encounter with a transgender sex worker questions her beliefs.
Animation & Artists Moving Image 2020 10 mins
In a madcap musical, a 'cat'-stronaut travels the galaxy looking for the meaning of life and encounters a space pup eager to help.
Short documentary 2021 4 mins
A South Asian gaze on representation, inequality and discrimination in UK film and TV, set against the backdrop of the casting room.
Drama 2020 11 mins
A young mother takes the biggest risk of her life when she makes a choice.
Drama 2020 12 mins
A fostered little boy runs away from home to potentially dire consequences.