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Sign Is a Fine Investment
This fascinating documentary charts the history of advertising from 1897 up to 1960 – as the era of the Mad Men took hold.
Documentary 1983 46 mins
This fascinating documentary charts the history of advertising from 1897 up to 1960 – as the era of the Mad Men took hold. Specifically focusing on the depiction of work and its gradual disappearance from advertising imagery, Judith Williamson’s astute film borrows visual tricks from contemporaneous political films like Tout va Bien and Riddles of the Sphinx to illustrate her thesis.
John Akomfrah Selects
Francis Bacon: Paintings 1944-1962
Documentary 1963 11 mins
David Thompson’s wordless film from 1963 presents an unsettling montage of images from Bacon’s major mid-period works.
Barbara Hepworth at the Tate
Documentary 1969 12 mins
A record of the famed sculptor’s 1968 Tate retrospective, accompanied by a fascinating narration by Hepworth herself.
Performance 1995 5 mins
Katrina McPherson’s dance film intimately tracks the frenetic movements of a solo dancer, accompanied by an electronic score by Philip Jeck.
Jeff Keen Films
Documentary 1983 0 mins
An aptly playful profile of the experimental filmmaker, introduced by Keen’s alter-ego Dr. Gaz.
Photomontage Today: Peter Kennard
Documentary 1983 35 mins
An analysis of the use of photomontage to distort meaning and create subversive and oppositional art, exemplified by the work of Peter Kennard.
The Lacey Rituals
Animation & Artists Moving Image 1972 63 mins
Performance artist Bruce Lacey’s singular take on the home movie, documenting the minutiae of family life from bath-time to toast-making.
Hovis: Boy on the Bike
Advert 1974 1 mins Location: Shaftesbury
A classic slice of British advertising history, though that hill's not as Northern as it looks...
Workforce of Parkgate Iron and Steel Co., Rotherham (1901)
Non-Fiction 1901 3 mins Silent Location: Rotherham
Edwardian workers react to the camera at one of Rotherham's major employers.
Workforce of Ormerod's Mill, Great Moor Street, Bolton (1900)
Non-Fiction 1900 1 mins Silent Location: Great Moor St, Bolton
Eager youngsters burst out of the gates of a Victorian cotton mill.
The Henley Regatta
Sport 1901 1 mins Silent Location: Henley-on-Thames
It's the first weekend of July 1901, and high society are on the Thames
Advert 1898 1 mins Silent Location: St Pancras
An unusual farewell in this charming early film
Non-Fiction 1900 1 mins
The magic of a real solar eclipse filmed by a famous magician