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Railway Scrapyard - Barry
“Help”, “Save me”, “I need a home”, are the cries inscribed on the scrapped engines at Woodham Brothers Scrapyard, Barry. Other messages are warnings e.g. “Do not take parts!!”.
Home movie 1981 8 mins
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Whilst on holiday at Butlin’s Barry Island holiday camp, Ken Shaw, a train enthusiast, visits the nearby Woodham Brothers Scrapyard with his camera and his family. As they wander around the grassy rails where wildflowers are blooming, Ken records the impassioned pleas inscribed on the scrapped engines: “Help”, “Save me”, “I need a home”. Other messages are warnings e.g. “Do not take parts!!”. A hopeless case, perhaps, bears sympathy: “Rest in Peace”.
Building a British Railway
Documentary 1959 17 mins
This poetic Free Cinema documentary, filmed near Manchester, reflects on the changing world of the engineman.
Non-Fiction 1976 7 mins Location: Bridgnorth
Is Chris Tarrant up to shovelling a ton and a half of coal to keep the fire burning and the steam up between Bridgnorth and Bewdley?
Industry sponsored film 1939 45 mins Silent Location: Northampton
With the horrific effects of gas warfare still fresh in the memory, rubberised men – like extras from a 1950s British sci fi movie – prepare for more, with 1940s attention to detail.
Amateur film 1975 33 mins Silent Location: Rainhill
Come and see Rocket 150, and visit a selection of railway locations, past and preserved.
Documentary 1955 10 mins Location: Bleathgill
Snowploughs are readied to rescue a snowbound train - in one of the most popular of all British Transport Films.
Industry sponsored film 1960 24 mins
Telling the story of four British Road Services drivers who lived and worked together for two years.
Home movie 1962 2 mins Silent Location: Barry/Barri
Racing and messing about in boats is fun for the Sea Scouts. Mothers and sisters or girlfriends support from the sidelines.
Animation & Artists Moving Image 1966 9 mins Location: Barry/Barri
Impressionistic homage to the sound and fury of the steam engine, creating an illusion – a dream – of a locomotive rising again from the Barry scrapyard.
Industry sponsored film 1929 86 mins Silent Location: Cardiff/Caerdydd
"Any Ware to Anywhere" - a film advertising the thoroughly modern merits of the Great Western Railway ports (e.g. Cardiff, Newport, Barry, Port Talbot, Swansea, Fishguard).
Home movie 1950 14 mins Silent Location: Penarth
A Penarth family enjoys the garden at 3 Cwrt-y-Vil Road in summer (with hammock and swing seat), in winter (with snow) and trips to the seaside (The Knap, Barry) and Scotland.
Amateur film 1935 38 mins Silent Location: Penarth
George and Maurice Holley, Cardiff pharmacists and pianists, go on a tour, witnessing the crowds at Barry and the seaweed drying near Castlemartin for the making of laver bread.
Documentary 2021 17 mins
Musician Nasir calls several family members by phone to discuss the decision to transition.
About My Family During the Pandemic [Sobre mi familia cuando la pandemia] About My Family During the Pandemic [Sobre mi familia cuando la pandemia]
Documentary 2020 10 mins
“How I wish you were here…” – the filmmaker’s family during the era of Coronavirus. A personal portrait of Javier Robles’ loving parents dealing with lockdown.
Animation & Artists Moving Image 2021 15 mins
Birds of the world sing together on a video call to mourn the deaths of Egyptian satirist Shady Habash and queer activist Sarah Hegazi.
Animation & Artists Moving Image 2020 27 mins
A dreamlike territory of imagery sensations in music, painting, poetry, and dance – inspired by the people of the Bijagó archipelago in Guinea-Bissau – speak of revolution.
Drama 2021 18 mins
Superbly shot and featuring and unforgettable dance sequence, we witness the mounting tensions between mother and son as his techno dreams of the Berghain permeate their reality.
Drama 2021 15 mins
In this British folk horror, three siblings in a rural town stumble upon a local community centre and family secrets are unravelled.
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