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The Story of Time
… as brought to you by Rolex, with the help of incredible model animation.
Animation & Artists Moving Image 1950 10 mins
This incredible infomercial, brought to you by Rolex, bagged several global awards. Its subject is nothing less ambitious than the whole history of humankind’s measurement of time: millennia that are here compressed into ten stylish minutes with the help of great model animation.
Dutch director Jan Coolen, like several colleagues at the plucky Signal Film Unit (based in Egham, Surrey), was a protégé of Puppetoon pioneer George Pal. The Story of Time is not only their masterpiece but a distinctive highlight of both post-war British animation and post-war sponsored filmmaking.
Animation Goes to Work
Public Information Filler 1973 1 mins
Who needs to talk to strangers when you're the only one who can understand the garbled mewling of your best buddy cat, Charley?
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Public Information Filler 1946 14 mins Location: Poole
An immensely charming toy story in which a distracted pupil becomes an attentive teacher and explains road safety to dolls
Tim Marches Back
Government sponsored film 1944 2 mins
A Peter Strausfeld animation, encouraging the public to use the telephone more sparingly in wartime.
Cycling Proficiency Scheme: Father and Son
Advert 1959 1 mins
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Stagger Working Hours: Cattle
Advert 1959 mins
Official government permission to stagger into work late. Hurrah!
Drink Drive Office Party Cartoon
Advert 1964 1 mins
Quirky photo-montage film warning of the perils of drink driving.
Olivia Hussey and Leonard Whiting Q&A for Shakespeare Lives
Inside Film 2016 31 mins
The stars of Franco Zeffirelli’s Romeo and Juliet are reunited on stage for the first time since 1968 as part of the BFI and British Council’s Shakespeare on Film.
Amateur film 1965 11 mins Location: Redhill Aerodrome
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Promotional 1969 17 mins Location: Bournemouth
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Amateur film 1970 7 mins Location: Hilsea
The roads around Portsmouth are about to be transformed with concrete and steel in this 1970 film from W J Evans.
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Amateur film 1935 14 mins Location: Southampton
A Tory MP and his wife meet their female battalions in a tour of Southampton's wards - while Stanley Baldwin lends his own support at an outdoor fete