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Sudden Heat Wave
Diving from the high board, skipping at poolside and general horseplay – Chiswick’s 1920s bathers cool off in Chiswick’s outdoor pool.
Non-Fiction 1922 1 mins Silent
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Lovely film of Londoners enjoying respite from a heatwave at the outdoor pool at Edensor Road, Chiswick, which had been built by unemployed labourers in 1910. A flapper-type puffs away on a cigarette, while men perform some impressive – and others less so – dives from the high board. Three women skip on one rope poolside, while others climb on friends’ shoulders. No modern rules goes unbroken. The outdoor pool closed in 1980.
Industry sponsored film 1971 2 mins Silent Location: Chiswick
A motley group of London Transport office staff line up to test the efficiency of two bus driver-operated ticket machines.
Amateur film 1957 1 mins Silent Location: Chiswick
A mock standing start marks the beginning of an amusing classic car race that ends before it even gets going
1960 Wedding at Methodist Church Chiswick High Road 1960 Wedding at Methodist Church Chiswick High Road
Amateur film 1960 4 mins Silent Location: Chiswick
Glimpses of Chiswick High Road form the backdrop to the wedding guests arriving for a colourful 1960s wedding
Music video 1966 5 mins Location: Chiswick
Take a very groovy road trip with Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich in this early pop promo.
Documentary 1974 52 mins Location: Chiswick
Shocking and unsentimental Thames documentary recording the experiences of a group of abused wives in a landmark refuge in Chiswick.
Non-Fiction 1925 1 mins Silent Location: Chiswick
Free cakes for those who turn out to see King George V cut the tape for the opening of the Golden Mile stretch of the Great West Road in 1925.
1955 17 mins Location: Brighton
Kids face the closure of their Brighton playground but fight back to reclaim it, with a little help from the iconic Volks Railway
Children's 1954 59 mins Location: Goudhurst
Child actor Mandy Miller shines in this children's adventure set in the traditional hop picking season in Kent.
Short documentary 2020 19 mins
All Andy and Ben want to do is play basketball. When they join the under 16s league the boys and their new teammates take on opponents from around Yorkshire, and the challenges of growing up in inner city Leeds.
Musical 2019 13 mins
Exploring the conversation black people face when communicating their racial experience to white partners through a dynamic fusion of dance and dialogue.
Drama 2021 9 mins
Penny is experiencing post-millennium angst in Manchester. She is on the verge of a mental breakdown. Overweight and on the edge, an ordinary visit to the doctor becomes extraordinary.
Drama 2020 10 mins
A short but poignant piece on what it feels like to lose faith and trust in a friend.
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