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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
Documentary 1940 12 mins
Fun mixture of natural history and wartime public information.
Comedy 2004 4 mins
Sweet and funny short about a potty-mouthed dog who loves his owner
Non-Fiction 1959 3 mins
Six legged competitors take to the starting blocks as a Midlands pub brings the sport of beetle racing to the world.
News 1971 5 mins Location: St Keverne
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Documentary 1967 17 mins Location: Lancashire
What’s new in textiles? This recruitment film aims to tempt teenagers to work in their local Courtaulds mill.
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An epic and electrifying portrait of the county that cradled the industrial revolution.
Unidentified Factory Gate Exit in Lancashire (c.1900) Unidentified Factory Gate Exit in Lancashire (c.1900)
Non-Fiction 1900 1 mins Silent Location: Lancashire
A diverse workforce make their way from the factory, perhaps a Lancashire cotton mill?
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
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