London’s Screen Archives enables Londoners see their past come alive on film. Managed by Film London, we are a unique network of historic film collections that cares for, collects and screens heritage film across the city. Together we preserve London’s rich film heritage from feature films to home movies, public information films, newsreels, and records of the capital’s many different industries.
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Thames En Fête
A mermaid, a fat man in a barrel and water-bound jockeys all appear in this brilliant short showing Londoners taking part in the Molesey Regatta.
Non-Fiction 1926 1 mins Silent
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There’s plenty to enjoy here, as London celebrates the Molesey Regatta with a host of weird events. Filmed for posterity is a race featuring men in riding silks “swimming” aboard semi-submerged hobby horses, and a ridiculous group of clowns– including a very large gentleman in a top hat – sitting in barrels and rowing frantically in circles with a single paddle. There’s also a four-year-old mermaid and lots of decorated boats.
London's Bridges on Film
Documentary 1935 17 mins Location: Thames Head
Swans, boats and bridges are celebrated by lyrical commentary and fine images in this delightful tour of the Thames from “trivial” beginnings to torrential end.
Non-Fiction 1930 1 mins Silent Location: River Thames
A ceremonial swan census takes place on the river Thames.
Documentary 1939 9 mins Silent
A nostalgic pre-war voyage down the mighty Thames, shot by Technicolor maestro Jack Cardiff.
Amateur film 1972 8 mins Silent Location: Hampton Court Park
Join Jim Greenyer on a cabin cruiser trip along the Hampton Court section of the River Thames - past islands, bridges, weirs and locks as well as a capsized canoeist
Thames River Scenery - Panorama of the Crowded River Thames River Scenery - Panorama of the Crowded River
Non-Fiction 1899 1 mins Silent Location: Henley-on-Thames
Don your straw boater and join Victorians at play as you potter down the river at Henley-on-Thames
1935 16 mins
A rare glimpse of 1930s London in colour: the Thames has never looked lovelier.
Kingston Upon Thames
Documentary 1930 4 mins Silent Location: Kingston Upon Thames
A vicar gets railroaded on the cheap in this silent cinema ad for Southern Railways.
Amateur film 1976 9 mins Location: Kingston Upon Thames
An amatuer filmmaker takes a critical and somewhat tongue-in-cheek look at the changing face of Kingston upon Thames
Amateur film 1950 3 mins Silent Location: Kingston Upon Thames
The changing face of streets and industry is examined by a cine club member in this vivid portrait of Kingston
Amateur film 1951 8 mins Silent Location: Kingston Upon Thames
This polished tour of Kingston takes in sites of local interest such as churches, technical college, and the well-known dept store Bentalls
Amateur film 1950 15 mins Location: Kingston Upon Thames
From war drama to slapstick fun by the Thames, Script Night demonstrates the imagination and self deprecating humour of the club members
Amateur film 1960 6 mins Silent Location: Kingston Upon Thames
Series of sketches by the Kingston & District Cine Club which offer an amusing twist on historical events
Inside Film 2021 47 mins
Writer and activist So Mayer joins filmmaker and critic Alexandra Hidalgo to discuss the work of acclaimed French director and artist Agnès Varda.
Detective drama 1944 19 mins
You too can solve the case of the stolen boy, courtesy of this film from 1944.
Public Information Filler 1946 3 mins Location: Woodford
Sorry kids – your parents might never let you out of the house again after watching this bleak 1940s road safety film
Interest film 1913 3 mins Silent
This ethnographic film offers a brief overview of the traditional culture of the Ainu, an ethnic minority in Japan.
Documentary 1905 4 mins
The performance of a masked dancer is followed by a scene from a kendo match, contrasting grace and ferocity.
Travelogue 1907 9 mins Silent
A grand tour of Japan’s major cities, offering scenic views of the streets and daily life.