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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Take it easy with the Walker Brothers
The Walker Brothers perform off and onstage for the camera
News 1966 4 mins
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The Walker Brothers appear TV programme Move Over Dad when they appear at the ABC cinema in Plymouth in Devon. The US trio of Scott Engel, John Maus and Gary Leeds formed in Los Angeles in 1964 and are famous for their rendition of Burt Bacharach and Hal David's ballad Make It Easy On Yourself. The single hit the top of the British charts in September 1965 and comes from their debut album Take It Easy With The Walker Brothers. They have sold over 20 million records.
Billed on the poster as The Fabulous Walker Brothers, Scott Walker’s deep baritone voice hit a chord with UK audiences while in America Make It Easy On Yourself only reached number sixteen in the US Billboard Chart. Scott Walker remains an enigma. He turned solo in the late sixties and gave his last concert in 1978 and a final interview in 1984 before disappearing from media attention until a comeback in the nineties with a total reinvention of musical style. The Sun Ain’t Gonna Shine Anymore in 1966 was their follow-up hit. John Walker continued to make music and tour until his death in 2011 in Los Angeles and together with Gary Walker penned a book No Regrets: Our Story.
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Performance 1961 2 mins
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1967 32 mins
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News 1965 1 mins Silent Location: Bigbury
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1968 31 mins
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Current affairs 1964 25 mins Silent Location: Bridlington
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Advert 1960 1 mins Location: Plymouth
A charming regional commercial for Plymouth’s best loved department store.
Advert 1960 0 mins Location: Plymouth
Help keep your relationship on track by outsourcing your laundry!
Current affairs 1977 7 mins Location: Plymouth
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Current affairs 1961 5 mins Location: Plymouth
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Current affairs 1965 2 mins Location: Plymouth
Former shipwright turns his talents to model-making.
Current affairs 1963 5 mins Location: Plymouth
Royal Navy Bomb Disposal Unit based in Plymouth covers the South West as a service for unexploded munitions.
Comedy 1896 1 mins Silent
A deft music hall act adapted for film, featuring the only known appearance of pioneer filmmaker Robert Paul
Advert 1985 2 mins
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Promotional 2019 10 mins
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1935 16 mins
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1965 1 mins Location: York
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Advert 1946 1 mins Silent
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