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Dramatic reconstruction of the Somme
War 1927 109 mins Silent
This sophisticated retelling of the Battle of the Somme includes an outstanding montage 'over the top' sequence
This film about the events of the Somme, produced by New Era, continued in style of British Instructional's series of battle reconstruction films. It was principally the brainchild of Geoffrey Barkas and writer Boyd Cable (Ernest Ewart), both of whom were at the Somme. When Barkas fell ill, MA Wetherall took over the direction. The film follows the model of other battle films, incorporating some original footage and reconstructing episodes featuring heroic actions by Victoria Cross recipients.
High Treason (sound version)
Science Fiction 1929 68 mins
Extravagantly-mounted futuristic sci-fi, now with added sound, although still with the world's two power blocs at loggerheads.
Comin' Thro' The Rye
Biopic 1947 56 mins Location: Burns Cott
A brisk and rousing biopic of Robert Burns, punctuated by songs and poems based on his famous works.
How Kitchener Was Betrayed
War 1921 13 mins Silent
Dramatisation of the popular conspiracy theory surrounding the mid-WWI death of Lord Kitchener.
Irish and Proud of It
Crime 1936 72 mins Location: Derry / Londonderry
Kidnapping, mobsters and moonshine! Is this a story is set in a country, which exists only in the minds of those who have never been to Ireland?
The Best Man
Drama 1986 83 mins Location: Derry / Londonderry
The bar flies prepare for the big day with betting, boozing and banter. But will best man Billy break more than his ma’s heart before the wedding?
Musical 1938 51 mins Location: Bangor
Will new open-air microphone technology give Richard Hayward the chance to silence his critics? Watch as Cushendun and Bangor steal the show.
Bath Road Motorbikes
Amateur film 1961 2 mins Silent Location: Hounslow
With Bath Road their drag strip, a couple of Hounslow easy riders and their female companions ride off into the sunset in this joyride of a film
Steam engines, Syon House
Home movie 1970 5 mins Silent Location: Hounslow
Richmond’s Poolman family take in the thrills and spills of a steam engine rally and jousting tournament at Syon House.
Home Guard, Hounslow
Amateur film 1940 31 mins Silent Location: Hounslow
Detailed and absorbing look at the training of a battalion of the Home Guard in Middlesex captured by a local amateur film-maker.
'Hoist with Its Own Petard'
Non-Fiction 1927 1 mins Silent Location: Hounslow
Short, snappy film showing a smoke-stack from a war-time powder factory being razed by explosives.
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.