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The Building of a Locomotive at Crewe
A 1920 mistitled re-release of the construction of a Great Western Railway 'Star' Class locomotive at Swindon.
Non-Fiction 1920 7 mins Silent
Don’t be fooled by the titles: this film shows the construction of a ‘Star’ class locomotive, No. 4041 Prince of Wales, at Swindon in 1913. Clearly William Baker was not a man with railway knowledge, as his company retitled this 1913 film to suggest the loco was built at Crewe. Perhaps the audience were not railway folk either, as this titled has been in use since 1920!
Building a British Railway
Documentary 1959 17 mins
This poetic Free Cinema documentary, filmed near Manchester, reflects on the changing world of the engineman.
Non-Fiction 1976 7 mins Location: Bridgnorth
Is Chris Tarrant up to shovelling a ton and a half of coal to keep the fire burning and the steam up between Bridgnorth and Bewdley?
Industry sponsored film 1939 45 mins Silent Location: Northampton
With the horrific effects of gas warfare still fresh in the memory, rubberised men – like extras from a 1950s British sci fi movie – prepare for more, with 1940s attention to detail.
Amateur film 1975 33 mins Silent Location: Rainhill
Come and see Rocket 150, and visit a selection of railway locations, past and preserved.
Documentary 1955 10 mins Location: Bleathgill
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Industry sponsored film 1960 24 mins
Telling the story of four British Road Services drivers who lived and worked together for two years.
Travelogue 1960 15 mins
Shown at the 1960 Edinburgh international Film Festival, this dazzling travelogue records Guyana’s idyllic flora and the industries that supplied raw materials for British homes.
Romance 1960 31 mins
Commissioned in 1960 to mark Nigeria’s independence, Connor directs and stars in this troubled production about shifting social relations in an emergent West African middle-class.
Documentary 1912 75 mins
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Travelogue 1960 17 mins
‘My People!’ Connor returns to his birthplace of Mayaro to celebrate his homeland’s natural beauty and manufacturing, capturing pre-independence Caribbean islands in all their glorious warmth.
Sport 1960 29 mins
Connor’s coverage of the first-ever test won by England in the Caribbean, from an overcrowded Sabina Park, features authoritative narration by British-Guyanese commentator Ernest Eytle.
Animation & Artists Moving Image 1936 8 mins
Spoiler alert! The fox is always going to outsmart the hounds in this delightful, balletic cartoon that heads from the countryside into 1930s suburbia.