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The Broken Swastika
In this bizarre 1932 short film produced by the Bournemouth Cine Society, a swastika pendant becomes a plot device in a kidnapping drama.
Amateur film 1932 13 mins Silent
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In this 1932 short film produced by the Bournemouth Cine Society, a gallant lover rescues his girl from gypsy kidnappers; the bizarre plot device of a swastika pendant offering a chilling reminder of the symbol's pre-war acceptance.
This film opens when Ann’s swastika necklace arrives back from the jewelers. Next we see Jim and Ann spoon at a beach party, until a jealous tiff causes her to walk off into the arms of a car-owning Lothario. On a nearby heath, Ann escapes from her randy driver and walks off alone. Next day, Jim, learning that Ann is missing, grabs his pistol. On the heath, he finds Ann's swastika on the ground and sees her bound and gagged by gypsies. They get their comeuppance and Jim gets his Ann. Robert G Torrens, the producer, makes a cameo appearance as a gypsy kidnapper in the latter part of this film.
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Comedy 1916 83 mins Silent
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Drama 1947 94 mins
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Thriller 1976 60 mins
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Unscrupulous criminals in the Manchester suburbs abuse the Mormon faith to lure young women away from their families.
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Animation & Artists Moving Image 2017 4 mins
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Drama 2018 8 mins
Samona Olanipekun explores the concepts of home, identity and belonging, from the starting point of the theme of globalisation.
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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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