Set up in 1977, the North West Film Archive preserves moving images made in or about Greater Manchester, Lancashire, Cheshire, Merseyside and Cumbria and offers a variety of access services to users in the public, academic and commercial sectors.
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The Animal World
See a baby owl learning to fly, as an amateur filmmaker introduces us to some of his animal and avian acquaintances.
Amateur film 1935 6 mins Silent
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In this delightful pictorial record, amateur filmmaker Reginald Rigby takes a close look at the animal world. From a wobbly young owl discovering how its wings work to elephants from Bertram Mills Circus enjoying welcome free time in the fresh air; from an extremely enthusiastic lamb to some decidedly unimpressed cattle, this film casts a humorous eye upon aspects of animal and avian behaviour.
Animals on Film
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