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Thames Scenes Procession in East End Tower Bridge
Whistle stop tour of the Thames' iconic locations, followed by crowds, eels and strongmen in the East End.
Amateur film 1933 8 mins Silent
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Tower Bridge and the Tower of London strike an interest, but the East End is the real star of this film. Crowds initially gather for the camera in Bethnal Green, before a pro trade union procession, in aid of the Hackney Nurses Home, bustles past. Snippets of an eel seller and a strongman performing in the street complete what is a memorable journey.
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 1926 1 mins Silent Location: Kingston Upon Thames
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 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.
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.
Documentary 1955 16 mins Location: Westminster
Discover the history of the Thames River Police with a rather different tour of London's iconic river.
Amateur film 1947 8 mins Silent Location: Tower Hamlets
Set sail with the Cambridge Camera Club as they take to the Thames for a post-war day out at Margate.
Amateur film 1969 3 mins Silent Location: Westminster
Take to the streets for a trade union march on the Victoria Embankment and joyous carnival scenes in Bethnal Green.
Amateur film 1934 14 mins Silent Location: London
From the Tower of London to Hyde Park Corner, this is a wonderful short sharp tour of several London landmarks.
Training film/TV programme 1942 36 mins Location: Tower Hamlets
Fascinating, technical military film made during the Blitz showing how to deal with unexploded bombs in London.
News 1945 1 mins Location: London
A newsreel announcer is unimpressed with London’s striking dockers in this short film from 1945.
Documentary 2019 16 mins
Three years after their father passed, a family of four women come together through a series of phone calls spanning over three months.
Animation & Artists Moving Image 2017 4 mins
A comedy-drama animation about two best friends growing up in the same world but experiencing it completely differently.
Drama 2018 8 mins
Samona Olanipekun explores the concepts of home, identity and belonging, from the starting point of the theme of globalisation.
Drama 2017 16 mins
Compelling story of a complex relationship between an imperious father and his son.
Documentary 2020 28 mins
Three African American fathers unravel the incomparable partnership of forgiveness and community.
Music video 2019 8 mins
A conceptual film following musical artist Jords’ quest to serendipity. The Tree of Life’ is the cornerstone of the film as he battles to triumph through grief.
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