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A rare glimpse into the leisure pursuits of ordinary people in pre-war Britain.
Documentary 1939 14 mins
Humphrey Jennings epitomises the artist-filmmaker and this poetic evocation of ordinary people enjoying well-earned time away from the mill, mine, or foundry is a forerunner to Jennings’ later wartime greats such as Listen to Britain. Joyous shots of people either pigeon fancying, ballroom dancing or swigging a pint down the local in in Sheffield, Manchester, Bolton and Pontypridd are edited with grace and surrealism-infused wit.
Spare Time is also available on the BFI DVD set The GPO Film Unit Collection Volume Three: If War Should Come.
- Humphrey Jennings
- Laurie Lee
- United Kingdom
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Documentary 1977 1 mins
Not-so-special special effects add the magic touch to this kitsch British Rail commercial.
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Documentary 1973 24 mins Location: Sheffield
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Non-Fiction 1905 0 mins Location: Sheffield
The grand opening of Sheffield University by King Edward VII on 12 July 1905
Industry sponsored film 1970 9 mins Location: Sheffield
Hot metal innovations: putting research into practice in the foundry.
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1974 5 mins
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One of the most gruesomely memorable of all British anti-smoking promos depicts fat oozing out of nonchalant smokers' cigarettes.
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Straight-talking anti-smoking promo, which introduces us to Janice, a 51-year-old woman who uses a ventilator to breathe.
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1968 1 mins
A well-to-do woman is unable to answer her child’s cries due to a coughing fit, in this exaggerated anti-smoking advert.
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Documentary 1951 8 mins
A child's life is save through a blood transfusion and this incident demonstrate s the need for blood donors.