This film is part of Free
The Spirit of His Forefathers
One of the earliest surviving British adverts
Advert 1900 1 mins Silent
There’s some dram-antic stuff in this 30-second commercial from the dawn of cinema history. Dewar’s had used the idea of a laird’s ancestors being lured down from their painted portraits to share a whisky in a variety of advertising media before moving image came along. This version is the second surviving example on film, with an earlier American production of the same concept made by the International Film Company in 1897.
This British production made a late reappearance as part of a 1977 television commercial for Dewar’s under the title The Whisky of His Ancestors to promote their advertising heritage.
Advert 1959 1 mins
A young Michael Caine bursts on to the scene as a cheeky soldier in this delightful advert for Watney's beer.
Advert 1976 1 mins
Pete and Dud prove to be stout football fans in this Guinness commercial recalling a great sporting moment - however fleeting.
Advert 1978 1 mins
An example of the long-running Brooke Bond PG Tips advertising campaign, with talking chimpanzees dressed as humans.
Advert 1955 1 mins
An RAF squadron are alerted to an attack. Flying toucans raid the officers mess and fly off with glasses of Guinness.
Advert 1935 5 mins Silent
What seems a charming stop-motion rhapsody for Bourn-vita chocolate reveals some unpleasant racial insensitivity.
Advert 1937 7 mins
Puppet pirates pray on the sleeping Navy: the crew of HMS Hopeless pay the price of night starvation in this 1930s Horlicks ad.
Comedy 2020 10 mins
When the future rocks up at your front door and punches you in the face, there's only one thing to do: go on a massive f*cking bender.
Documentary 2018 6 mins
Through spoken word poetry coupled with evocative images, Dudu explores the issue of colourism and its effects on self-identity.
Animation & Artists Moving Image 2019 10 mins
When an astronaut ponders the silence of space, he comes upon a startling self-realisation.
Comedy 2020 6 mins
Teenage Freddie doesn't seem to think that the apocalypse would be all that bad, as he boogies his troubles away on a gorgeous sunny hill.
Documentary 2020 10 mins
The rickshaw drivers, 'Autowalas', of New Delhi, talk about economic struggles, stigmas, politics and cultural issues that impact their livelihoods.
Animation & Artists Moving Image 2019 1 mins
This short animation reflects on whether each breath is a moment of respite or agitation.