London’s Screen Archives enables Londoners see their past come alive on film. Managed by Film London, we are a unique network of historic film collections that cares for, collects and screens heritage film across the city. Together we preserve London’s rich film heritage from feature films to home movies, public information films, newsreels, and records of the capital’s many different industries.
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The Dragon and The Fly
A surreal moving image artist film that juxtaposes industrial landscapes with the struggle of a fly.
Drama 1997 1 mins
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Made by Czech filmmaker Vera Neubauer, this film was One of ten productions commissioned to celebrate the launch of the London Filmmakers' Co-op's new premises, the Lux Centre. The LFMC was formed in 1966 out of Better Books bookshop on Charing Cross Road; influenced by similar organisations in America, its objectives were to provide exhibition and distribution facilities for artist filmmakers, such as Vera.
Advert 1934 2 mins Silent Location: Port Talbot
The message for cinema-goers in Port Talbot, Neath and Briton Ferry is that they should shop local!
Short documentary 2017 11 mins Location: Maesteg
A day in the life of a taxi driver in Maesteg, an ex-mining town in the Welsh valleys.
Promotional 1949 8 mins Silent Location: Port Talbot
Far heavier than the rocks of Stonehenge, two roll housing assemblies for a strip mill are removed from a ship using floating cranes.
Industry sponsored film 1970 35 mins Location: Port Talbot
Building a new harbour at Port Talbot - it’s a man’s world in which the only females are a dredger and two seafaring vessels.
Industry sponsored film 1958 14 mins Location: Treforest Industrial Estate
A stirring hymn to Wales' postwar industrial renewal
Promotional 1954 23 mins Location: Swansea/Abertawe
Experience 150 years of rail transport at Mumbles, enjoy the red sails of Abbey Works’ boat club, watch Sterling Moss discover the steel industry’s impact on racing cars.
Inside Film 2021 47 mins
Writer and activist So Mayer joins filmmaker and critic Alexandra Hidalgo to discuss the work of acclaimed French director and artist Agnès Varda.
Detective drama 1944 19 mins
You too can solve the case of the stolen boy, courtesy of this film from 1944.
Public Information Filler 1946 3 mins Location: Woodford
Sorry kids – your parents might never let you out of the house again after watching this bleak 1940s road safety film
Interest film 1913 3 mins Silent
This ethnographic film offers a brief overview of the traditional culture of the Ainu, an ethnic minority in Japan.
Documentary 1905 4 mins
The performance of a masked dancer is followed by a scene from a kendo match, contrasting grace and ferocity.
Travelogue 1907 9 mins Silent
A grand tour of Japan’s major cities, offering scenic views of the streets and daily life.