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Somewhere in Hackney
An entertaining study of community arts projects in Hackney, Hoxton and Dalston, before hipsters and Tony Blair.
Documentary 1980 50 mins
Some of Hackney's most notorious landmarks feature alongside some of the borough's much-loved institutions in this entertaining period piece about four community-based arts projects rooted in the 1970s. Long before the regeneration heralded by the arrival of Tony Blair, street artists get down with the kids on run-down council estates. Women at a print workshop in Lentall Road produce striking feminist posters and graphic designs while historic Hoxton Hall offers drama and a pensioners' lunch club.
Around the Village Green
Travelogue 1937 12 mins Location: Finchingfield
Rural life in the Essex villages of Finchingfield and Great Bardfield - and the mixed reactions of older residents to changing times.
Contrasts in Kensington
Amateur film 1937 11 mins Location: Kensington
Shocking scenes of Kensington slums and 1930s housing developments offer a sharp contrast with today's reinvented area.
Road to Yesterday
Travelogue 1944 32 mins
Widgey Raphael Newman, the short-lived, extraordinarily-named director of this period piece, has assembled attractive images of Wales but beware the commentary!
The Airy Tomb
Drama 1963 13 mins Location: Pontrhydfendigaid
An isolated life can mean that home is nothing more than an “airy tomb”, as imagined by poet and rural parish priest R S Thomas.
Documentary 1977 1 mins
Not-so-special special effects add the magic touch to this kitsch British Rail commercial.
1917 3 mins
The might of the British Empire is mobilised for war during 1914 and 1915.
The Waiting Room
Drama 1996 9 mins Location: Hackney
Mickey realises his ticket is a different colour. Should he swap it?
True Romance, Etc.
Documentary 1982 33 mins Location: Hackney
Hackney teenagers - black, white, gay and straight - talk sex, love and marriage in this compelling drama-documentary.
Sport U Schule
Amateur film 1958 7 mins Location: Hackney
Hackney Downs School Cadets in athletics training and competition, filmed by teacher Joe Brearley.
Secondary School Gymnastics: Leyton County High School for Boys
Sport 1936 11 mins Location: Leyton
London schoolboys demonstrate impressive range of gymnastic moves for the cameras.
Science in a City Primary School
School programme and Educational film 1962 19 mins Location: Hackney
Teachers in Hackney make the most of their urban location to inspire budding young scientists.
Worker and War Front No. 18
Government sponsored film 1945 11 mins Location: Hackney
A wartime magazine made to motivate and inform war workers, commissioned by the Ministry of Information in 1942 and exclusively screened in factories.
Grounded on the Platters: HMS Conway
Home movie 1953 7 mins Location: Anglesey/Ynysmôn
A sorry end to any ship: timings, tide and wind played their part in pushing HMS Conway onto the Platters rocks in the Menai Strait on 14/4/1953.
Exeter Real Ale Festival
News 1975 3 mins Location: Exeter
The wet and warm ale goes down a treat as aficionados gather to celebrate real ale.
Home movie 1955 8 mins Location: Llanddwyn Island/Ynys Llanddwyn
Sea pinks and samphire, lighthouses and church ruins – Llanddwyn’s charms are many and varied.
News 1979 2 mins Location: Plymouth
Experimentation with a coat for two leaves couples with really no escape.
Bath Festival of Blues and Progressive Music
News 1970 2 mins Location: Shepton Mallet
Progressive gathering of festival goers hits the blues.
Dawson: Lower Penn Show
Home movie 1954 4 mins Location: Lower Penn
Another blustery summer day in the 1950s and it's Lower Penn's carnival parade.