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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The Sidmouth Folk Festival
International folk bands and troupes put on an act at Sidmouth
News 1970 7 mins
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Clive Gunnell reports from the Knowle Arena Theatre at the Sidmouth Folk Festival. An Afro-Caribbean Steel band called Victor Phillips and the Tropical Harmonies, a Punjabi Dance Troupe from Wolverhampton, the Josa Jakobic Dance Group from Yugoslavia (more precisely Zagreb, the capital of Croatia) and Irish dancers all perform for the folks in the audience.
The Folk Festival started in 1955 as a week-long seaside celebration of music, dance and song and was founded by the English Folk Dance and Song Society. It expanded and was renamed the Sidmouth International Folklore Festival but dropped the word Folklore in 1986. Funding issues stopped the international version of the festival but in 2005 Sidmouth Folkweek was relaunched by popular demand.
News 1976 5 mins Location: Knebworth Ho
Free food' and 'free religion' is the mantra of some festival goers ahead of the Rolling Stones' appearance at Knebworth. And for the local publican, it's big business!
Short documentary 1963 13 mins Location: Aldeburgh
By 1963, Suffolk's Aldeburgh Festival was very much on the world music map but the annual invasion of 'foreigners' didn't go down well with all the locals.
Documentary 1997 12 mins
Partying like it's 1997. We follow a rave DJ instigator rigging up decks in abandoned warehouses, a nosebleed 'techno tourist' who chases the hardcore around Europe and a girl addicted to... partying.
Amateur film 1991 4 mins Silent Location: Heaton Park
Sunday in the park with Frank Sidebottom and the Manchester music mob.
News 1971 5 mins Location: Glastonbury
Glastonbury ley lines for iconic pyramid stage to heighten a festival-goer’s experience
Amateur film 1976 2 mins Silent Location: Notting Hill
Music, dancing and community characterise this short film from Notting Hill Carnival, 1976.
News 1980 2 mins Location: Sidmouth
A Sri Lankan dance troop enthrals folk festival goers.
Travelogue 1939 18 mins Location: Exeter
The cream of Devon painted in an unfamiliar palette in this Dufaycolor travelogue
Documentary 1949 10 mins Silent Location: Barnes Common
A grand coach tour makes its way to Hampshire, Dorset and Devon, leaving London far behind
Amateur film 1956 3 mins Silent Location: Sidmouth
Sidmouth sits hidden among the cliffs and the area is filmed by an enthusiastic holidaymaker.
News 1950 11 mins Silent Location: Sidmouth
This fifties holiday film captures the mood of the day in beautiful colour.
News 1980 5 mins Location: Sidmouth
Cat on Water! Catamaran race off Sidmouth
Drama 2020 21 mins
A young Palestinian woman crosses the Israeli border illegally to find her long-lost brother, who she hopes will be her ticket to a new life.
Charity appeal 2020 2 mins
Beautiful NHS fundraiser, setting Michael Rosen’s poem to powerful archive images.
Non-Fiction 1924 1 mins Silent Location: Woking
The UK's first purpose-built mosque welcomes a huge crowd of worshippers - and newsreel cameras!
Comedy 1914 9 mins Silent
A vicar is caught flirting with an improperly-dressed chorus girl in this saucy silent comedy.
Manchester's Welcome to the Imperial Yeomanry (1901) Manchester's Welcome to the Imperial Yeomanry (1901)
Non-Fiction 1901 4 mins Silent Location: Manchester
A volunteer cavalry regiment is enthusiastically welcomed home after active service in South Africa.
Non-Fiction 1901 2 mins Silent Location: Liverpool
All ashore! Passengers disembark and crew offload after a long Atlantic crossing.
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