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Tennis World Championships Open at Wimbledon
Wonderful glimpse of the Wimbledon tennis championship at its former home on Worple Road, including some of the era’s top male and female players.
Non-Fiction 1921 2 mins Silent
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Worple Road staged the first Wimbledon open championships in 1878, but by 1921 the ground was proving too small and the tournament moved to its present site in 1922. This film shows that final tournament in the old ground. We see a number of top players, including Brian Norton, who would lose in the men’s final, and “Mrs [Phyllis] Satterthwaite”. Crowds are large but the style is strange, with women serving underarm and the pace considerably slower than today’s game.
Tennis on Film
Sue Barker plays Evonne Goolagong
Sport 1971 9 mins Location: Torquay
A young pretender takes on the Wimbledon Champion
Instructional film/TV programme 1974 16 mins
The “voice of wimbledon” Dan Maskell commentates as some of the world's top tennis players show us their moves and tactics on the court.
Sport 1951 22 mins
Extended highlights from the 1951 Wimbledon Tennis Championships
Non-Fiction 1928 2 mins Silent
French tennis legend René Lacoste beats fellow countryman Henri Cochet to the 1928 Wimbledon men’s title
Surbiton Lawn Tennis Club
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
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.
Travelogue 1949 11 mins Location: Kew
A picturesque look at the attractions in Surrey, including Kew Gardens, Wimbledon and Guildford
Sport 1954 47 mins Location: Hampton
Wimbledon 1954, from the meticulous preparation of the 16 tennis courts to the finals and the glory on Centre Court.
Centred on Wimbledon
Sport 1947 23 mins Location: Wimbledon
An account of the 1947 Wimbledon tennis championship
Amateur film 1973 5 mins Silent Location: Wimbledon
Wimbledon Centre Court action follows a summer wedding filled with flowers, flares and floppy hats in Geoffrey Woodward's film from 1973.
Amateur film 1934 4 mins Silent Location: Wimbledon
There's plenty of Wimbledon action in this short film from 1934 - the year when both singles titles were won by British champions.
Wimbledon Tennis Finals and other Family Outings
Home movie 1927 17 mins Silent Location: Wimbledon
Rare amateur footage of the Wimbledon Tennis Finals in 1927, and other day trips with the Simonds family from Suffolk.
Without Bounds to Beat
Documentary 2019 9 mins
Without Bounds to Beat is an experimental documentary that recounts a town’s revival of an ancient folk tradition, placing it in contrast to today’s digital technologies.
Drama 2019 12 mins
An upbeat drama about 14-year-old oddball Toni who is having a tough time with the bullies at school. One day, the internet and a passion for performance saves her.
Janitor of Lunacy
Drama 2019 12 mins
A young woman descends into a digital wormhole via her obsession with a BDSM account run by an unknown user.
Drama 2019 7 mins
A drama set in the near future where virtual reality allows a person to see life through the eyes of someone very different, which questions whether experiences become shared or commodified.
Drama 2019 7 mins
In search of an identity, Candy wanders through the digital landscape, leaving fragments of herself behind in this experimental short drama.
Documentary 2019 11 mins
A documentary on one of Scotland’s most isolated and breathtaking islands, where all 35 residents prepare for the remarkable roll-out of fibre-optic broadband.
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