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Rural Sports in Southwold
Tug o' war, Tradesmen's Cycle Race, Sack Bumping. Rural Sports Day on Southwold Common in which the community gather to take part in the day's scheduled activities.
Amateur film 1928 4 mins Silent
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Amateur filmmaker Barrett Jenkins picked up a Kodak BB cine camera from his father's High Street store, and became enthused to record local events. On Whit Monday 1928, Barrett filmed the races and prize giving of the ‘Rural Sports’ held on Southwold Common. Men, women, and children have fun competing and testing their strength and agility. But it’s not always the strongest or fastest that takes first prize, as a slow and steady pace wins the ‘slow cycle race’.
Documentary 1977 28 mins Location: Southwold
Real ale and folk music in the pub – performed by Fairport Convention – are celebrated in this portrait of Southwold on the Suffolk coast and the work of the Adnams brewery.
Amateur film 1933 26 mins Silent Location: Southwold
The Harrison family revel on the beach, sail their splendid model yachts and entertain friends at Southwold.
Home movie 1935 16 mins Silent Location: Southwold
Victor Harrison's 1935 family film of holidays on the Suffolk coast; Southwold, Lowestoft, The Broads, and Thorpeness.
Amateur film 1960 30 mins Silent Location: Aldeburgh
Amateur filmmaker captures East Anglia's coastal landmarks; incl. Thorpeness' 'House in the Clouds', Happisburgh Lighthouse, in 1959.
Home movie 1959 35 mins Silent Location: Mundesley
In 1959, the extended Taylor family head to the Norfolk coast every Sunday for picnics and a lark about.
Amateur film 1964 27 mins Silent Location: East Bergholt
Leisurely picnics and gathering lavender. Herbert Smerdon and friends tour the pretty villages in rural Suffolk circa 1964.
Comedy 2014 16 mins Location: London
Geeky Pavan takes his 'English Rose' on a date to the most authentic Indian restaurant in the city. To his horror she goes off-menu, in Hindi...
Documentary 2017 7 mins
A trilogy of short documentaries mapping out the personal migration stories of the filmmaker's family.
Drama 2019 16 mins
When Nazanin attends her estranged fathers funeral she is compelled into womanhood, by rebelling against the ideals of what it is to be an Iranian woman.
Drama 2021 3 mins
A look into a young Somali woman who is having difficulties speaking her mother tongue.
Documentary 2019 8 mins
Bringing together a series of compelling stories from the mixed-race community.
Documentary 2019 4 mins
A personal reflection on how the artist’s mixed-race heritage has shaped her outlook on life.
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