The South West Film and Television Archive (SWFTA) is the regional film archive for the South West of England. Established in 1993, SWFTA's core collection comprises of the combined programme libraries of Westward Television and TSW (Television South West). The archive also cares for a significant number of donated film collections, both amateur and professional, dating back to the early 1900s.
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Love, Love me do! The Beatles twist and shout in Plymouth on the 10th date of their 1963 Autumn Tour.
Magazine and Review show 1963 6 mins
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This shows the Beatles visiting Plymouth from their arrival in a Rolls Royce and larking around in interview to taking to the stage at Plymouth's ABC cinema.
In March 1963 Parlophone and George Martin released the Beatles' debut studio album "Please, Please Me" including 8 songs written by Lennon and McCartney and a cover of "Twist and Shout". The LP contained 7 songs each side and was recorded 'live' in three sessions in one day. This was followed up in November by the release of the album "With the Beatles".
Drama 1979 24 mins Location: London
Nerdy teenage mummy's boy David dreams of wowing the girls with his disco dance moves - but alas he was born with two left feet.
Getting It Straight in Notting Hill Gate
Documentary 1970 25 mins Location: Notting Hill
Spaced-out sitar music and the prog rock grooves of Quintessence soundtrack this psychedelic flashback to Notting Hill Gate in 1970.
1967 32 mins
The multitalented actor, singer and songwriter discusses his new life in California and his countercultural values.
Dave Clark Five and Catch Us If You Can
News 1965 1 mins Silent Location: Bigbury
On set with The Dave Clark Five for John Boorman’s directorial debut.
1968 31 mins
The Manchester-born Monkee reflects on Britain and America in the aftermath of the shooting of Robert Kennedy.
The Flip Side
Current affairs 1964 25 mins Silent Location: Bridlington
A rave up, a ball, or just a plain old racket? The unseen side of the 1960s pop music business is revealed.
Current affairs 1961 5 mins Location: Plymouth
Cruising into the history books SS Liberté makes its final voyage stopping at Plymouth en route to Le Havre.
Model Clipper Sailor
Current affairs 1965 2 mins Location: Plymouth
Former shipwright turns his talents to model-making.
Current affairs 1977 7 mins Location: Plymouth
The skateboard phenomenon is taking off on Plymouth Hoe.
Current affairs 1970 3 mins Silent Location: Plymouth
Training centre for film and television engineers shows analogue before digital.
Current affairs 1984 1 mins Location: Plymouth
Reporter tests the theory of caviar heightening libido.
Current affairs 1963 5 mins Location: Plymouth
Royal Navy Bomb Disposal Unit based in Plymouth covers the South West as a service for unexploded munitions.
Comedy 1919 35 mins Silent
A protective father masquerades as an automatic doll in this bonkers interwar comedy.
Spirit of Mayday
1937 11 mins Silent
May Day – a significant day for the labour movement – is covered by the cameras of the Film and Photograph League.
Cornelius Cardew 1936-1981
Performance 1986 55 mins
An exploration of the life and work of the controversial British composer.
1935 9 mins
Let it bleed? This exemplary education film gets to the heart of the matter.
U.A.B. (Workers Newsreel No.3)
Non-Fiction 1935 12 mins Silent
Punchy political film capturing mass protests against unemployment.
The Merry Month of May
1937 15 mins Silent
A spirited satire on the coronation of George VI made by members of the Film and Photograph League.
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Richard Lester, The Beatles and A Hard Day’s Night (Q&A)
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