National Screen and Sound Archive of Wales preserves and celebrates the sound and moving image heritage of Wales, making it accessible to a wide range of users for enjoyment and learning. Its film collection reflects every aspect of the nation’s social, cultural and working life across the 20th century, giving a fascinating insight into Welsh filmmaking, both amateur and professional.
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Pwtan the Kitten
Gardener’s nightmare: a kitten at large in a flower bed!
Home movie 1960 2 mins Silent
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Pwtan, a brave and adventurous kitten, manages to find her way off the back of a rocking horse and into a flower bed where she takes on a geum, rolling on the leaves, biting a stem, attacking the blooms. Indoors, on a sofa, she meets her match: the film-maker’s daughter, Fiona, whose style of play is much like that of Pwtan herself. Fiona’s father, William Lloyd Ellis of Pwllheli, filmed local activities and a number of short dramas involving local people.
Cats v Dogs
Home movie 1931 1 mins Silent Location: Llandegfan
Mingo, Jerry and Thea: names of the dogs or people seen? Either way, they will be connected, for sure, with Isla Johnston of Bryn Mêl, Glyngarth, Anglesey, who shot the footage.
Documentary 1970 10 mins Location: Bingley
The quirks of a whippet race, with novices in winklepickers learning from the old hands, all fully elucidated in broad West Yorkshire dialect.
Government sponsored film 1943 1 mins
An English Bull Terrier warns wartime cinema goers to put their cigarettes out with more care.
Amateur film 1935 12 mins Silent Location: Little London
Little disturbs the peace in Little London - despite some foxhunting, polo and the Second World War!
Non-Fiction 1950 1 mins Silent Location: Winspit
Oh to be Ginger Tom the cat and while away the hours!
Non-Fiction 1928 6 mins Silent Location: Crystal Palace
Dogs and cats go on show at two princely London venues – among them some of the fluffiest kittens London is ever likely to see.
Proclamation 1954: National Eisteddfod in Pwllheli 1955 Proclamation 1954: National Eisteddfod in Pwllheli 1955
Home movie 1954 3 mins Silent Location: Pwllheli
It’s official - Pwllheli will host the National Eisteddfod in 1955!
Documentary 1951 24 mins Silent Location: Pwllheli
Many a camper had a good morning at the Butlin's holiday camp in North-West Wales, documented in this promotional newsreel
Travelogue 1930 3 mins Silent Location: Barmouth/Abermaw
Stencil coloured coastline of Wales
Amateur film 1960 5 mins Silent Location: Pwllheli
All aboard for the Pwllheli Regatta! And members of the town's North Wales Sailing School make every effort to stay afloat in breezy weather.
Advert 1950 16 mins Location: Filey
Good morning campers! Explore the delights Butlin's camps have to offer around the UK in this breezy promotional film
Non-Fiction 1925 1 mins Silent Location: Pwllheli
Newsreel capturing the Welsh festival at Pwllheli, including the procession of the Bards
1955 17 mins Location: Brighton
Kids face the closure of their Brighton playground but fight back to reclaim it, with a little help from the iconic Volks Railway
Children's 1954 59 mins Location: Goudhurst
Child actor Mandy Miller shines in this children's adventure set in the traditional hop picking season in Kent.
Short documentary 2020 19 mins
All Andy and Ben want to do is play basketball. When they join the under 16s league the boys and their new teammates take on opponents from around Yorkshire, and the challenges of growing up in inner city Leeds.
Musical 2019 13 mins
Exploring the conversation black people face when communicating their racial experience to white partners through a dynamic fusion of dance and dialogue.
Drama 2021 9 mins
Penny is experiencing post-millennium angst in Manchester. She is on the verge of a mental breakdown. Overweight and on the edge, an ordinary visit to the doctor becomes extraordinary.
Drama 2020 10 mins
A short but poignant piece on what it feels like to lose faith and trust in a friend.
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