The South West Film and Television Archive (SWFTA) is the regional film archive for the South West of England. Established in 1993, SWFTA's core collection comprises of the combined programme libraries of Westward Television and TSW (Television South West). The archive also cares for a significant number of donated film collections, both amateur and professional, dating back to the early 1900s.
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Sue Barker plays Evonne Goolagong
A young pretender takes on the Wimbledon Champion
Sport 1971 9 mins
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Sue Barker and Evonne Goolagong compete in a Dewar Cup Tie in Torquay. TV reporter Angela Rippon interviews a representative of the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) and Sue Barker's coach Arthur Roberts who also coached Angela Mortimer to three Grand Slam singles titles including Wimbledon in 1961. A fifteen-year old Sue Barker will go on to move to California to pursue her dream.
Sue Barker she won eleven World Tennis Association (WTA) tour singles titles and twelve doubles titles including one Grand Slam singles title at the 1976 French Open. She reached a career-high singles ranking of world number three. Australian Evonne Goolagong was a world number one and won a total of fourteen Grand Slam singles titles, two at Wimbldeon in 1971 and 1980. Sponsorship from Green Shield Stamps, a reward scheme abandoned in 1991, is the equivalent of being sponsored by the National Lottery today. Angela Rippon moved on to national TV as a newscaster for the BBC Nine O'Clock News and has enjoyed a fifty-year career in television.
Tennis on Film
Sport 1951 22 mins
Extended highlights from the 1951 Wimbledon Tennis Championships
Instructional film/TV programme 1960 7 mins
Light on his feet, Tony Mottram shows why he's one of Britain's most influential tennis coaches following a successful career as a tennis pro.
Sport 1947 23 mins Location: Wimbledon
An account of the 1947 Wimbledon tennis championship
Non-Fiction 1920 7 mins Silent
Newsreel coverage of the finals of the 1922 Surrey County Championships in tennis at Surbiton
Scenes at the Walton-on-Thames Lawn Tennis Tournament Finals Day Scenes at the Walton-on-Thames Lawn Tennis Tournament Finals Day
Amateur film 1934 3 mins Silent Location: Walton-on-Thames
Amateur film of the final day of play at the Walton-on-Thames Tennis Tournament 1934.
1947 20 mins
Patrick Hughes shows how to become a better tennis player.
Current affairs 1982 5 mins Location: Torquay
The charming entertainer explains his love of the frock.
News 1962 1 mins Silent Location: Torquay
Police Constable learns to read differently.
Sport 1980 5 mins Location: Torquay
Young tennis hopeful Jo Louis is at a coaching session in Torquay
Sport 1964 4 mins Location: Torquay
Two of the Best of British compete against each other in Torquay
Sport 1984 12 mins Location: Torquay
Sue Barker returns to home turf with a very special fan
Sport 1970 7 mins Location: Torquay
British number ones compete for the Dewar Cup
Industry sponsored film 1960 24 mins
A new luxury express is put through its paces. This film looks over the shoulders of the select band of craftsmen, engineers and operators, whose combined skills try to ensure that a train journey is a delightful experience.
Documentary 1973 15 mins
British Transport Films record the varied daily lives of their neighbours as seen from the high roof of their building in London’s Marylebone.
Travelogue 1953 21 mins Location: York
The Stationmaster at York guides us through a typical day, from dawn to dusk.
Industry sponsored film 1957 20 mins
Illustrating the efficiency of express freight trains, and how they link manufacturers with their customers at the other end of Britain.
Documentary 1952 30 mins
Examining a day in the life of what was then the busiest railway system in the world – British Railways.
Industry sponsored film 1957 9 mins
A 1957 film examining the future for British Railways, and some of the opportunities provided by a new modernisation plan.
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