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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Rhondda and Wye
The clear waters of the River Wye and the rural areas it flows through offer a stark contrast to the industrialised Rhondda where the River Taff runs black with coal dust.
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A potted history of agriculture and coal mining, contrasting the course of the River Wye, as it flows through rural areas from Pumlumon to the sea at Chepstow, and the industrialised Rhondda where the River Taff runs black with coal dust. The Treforest Trading Estate, a new venture, proves that times are a-changing, with light industry now offering alternative jobs for both men and women in the valleys.
This film includes footage from films ‘The Silent Village’ (a Crown Film Unit Production, 1943) and ‘To-day We Live – a film of life in Britain’ (produced by the Strand Film Company, 1937). This government film is a public record, preserved and presented by the BFI National Archive on behalf of The National Archives, home to more than 1,000 years of British history.
Documentary 1950 36 mins Silent Location: Featherstone
Absorbing overview of coalmining in the early years of nationalisation.
Animation & Artists Moving Image 1964 2 mins
Miners' safety training - marked by stylish animation and gallows humour.
Advert 1935 42 mins Silent Location: Cardiff/Caerdydd
Coal, between the world wars, makes the industrialised world go round and Cory Bros & Co Ltd, with collieries in south Wales and oil refineries across the globe, is a major player.
Industry sponsored film 1978 7 mins Location: Blaenavon
Memories of Blaenavon Colliery, Monmouthshire, as it nears its end.
Documentary 1954 18 mins
Elegiac sponsored film imploring viewers to "allow the sun to penetrate the haze of ignorance" and relieve British cities of pollution.
Advert 1975 1 mins
Deliriously kitsch recruitment ad for the implausibly glamorous world of coalmining.
Government sponsored film 1964 9 mins Location: Sennybridge
The fine looking Hereford cattle in this film are bred in Breconshire and Radnorshire under the ‘premium bull scheme’.
Amateur film 1953 4 mins Silent Location: Builth Wells/Llanfair-Ym-Muallt
October 1953 brings a red letter day for the farming community of a small Welsh town.
Amateur film 1952 21 mins Silent Location: Llangurig
From source to estuary – the way of the Wye and the beautiful border country
This is a B.D.D.A. film taken by members of Cardiff Branch This is a B.D.D.A. film taken by members of Cardiff Branch
Amateur film 1935 13 mins Silent Location: Brecon/Aberhonddu
Weston-Super-Mare’s pier promises ‘Happiness’, ‘Mirth’ and ‘Enjoyment’ and is the destination of a trip undertaken by members of the Cardiff Deaf Club, who use sign language.
Amateur film 1935 10 mins Silent Location: Llandrindod Wells/Llandrindod
The film-maker, in search of the peace and charm he believes belonged to life in Tudor times, seeks out places “untouched by modern times” in Radnorshire and Herefordshire.
Charity appeal 1939 10 mins
Long thought lost, this Powell-directed promotional short for a veteran’s charity was only rediscovered in 2003.
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.
Documentary 1941 6 mins
A poignant, stirring letter from a recently deceased pilot to his mother is read by John Gielgud.
Comedy 2023 2 mins
En-route to her hen weekend, bride-to-be Faye kills the vibe with a bombshell confession.
Documentary 2023 2 mins
An insight into Daytimers, the South Asian DJ collective that are breaking new ground in Britain.