This film is part of Free
Tour of the Inns
Join this pub crawl and tread in the ghostly footsteps of innkeepers, smugglers, authors and bargemen of old.
Ever been on a pub crawl? You'll enjoy this one whether you like drinking or not. The starting point is a magnificent art deco hostelry, the New Mermaid Inn in Wansford, Cambridgeshire, which is sadly now derelict. Other stop-offs include the Butt & Oyster Inn at Cobald, Suffolk - made famous in Arthur Ransome's novel We Didn't Mean to Go to Sea - and the iconic timber-framed Angel Hotel in Ludlow, both of which still thrive today.
Whatever you do, don't skip the Bear & Billet Inn in Chester, purportedly the birthplace of John Lennon's grandmother. And a note of caution: some of the pubs are haunted.
Amateur film 1963 10 mins Silent Location: London
A compelling glimpse inside an unnamed East End pub in 1963 where a talent show takes place featuring singers and strippers.
Non-Fiction 1974 6 mins Location: Aston
Music hall ghosts haunt the Bartons Arms pub in Birmingham; a temple to drink and a rare survivor in a city that has destroyed much of its Victorian architecture.
Promotional 1982 9 mins Location: Hartlepool
David Bellamy puts his head into hops, then into a fermenting tank, watches it mash into wort and has a pint – all grist to our engaging presenter.
Amateur film 1963 15 mins Silent Location: Plymouth
A polemical film where two men in a pub compare and contrast the post-war resurrection of both Portsmouth and Plymouth after their pummelling by the Luftwaffe.
News 1980 2 mins Location: Burnham-on-Sea
A non-alcohol-serving pub offers somewhere to go and something to do for teenagers in Burnham-on-Sea.
Documentary 1977 28 mins Location: Southwold
Real ale and folk music in the pub – performed by Fairport Convention – are celebrated in this portrait of Southwold on the Suffolk coast and the work of the Adnams brewery.
Action and Adventure 1923 28 mins Silent Location: Tilbury
Plotting world domination, Devil Doctor Fu-Manchu steals plans for a new aero-torpedo in this earliest surviving thrill-a-minute serial instalment.
Inside Film 2024 16 mins
Filmmakers Jane Giles and Ali Catterall discuss their documentary Scala!!!, revisiting the legendary and inspirational cinema venue and some of the most notorious films that screened there.
Drama 2023 2 mins
A group of young Black boys run into a building. One of them is about to do the unimaginable.
Romance 2023 2 mins
A queercore romance - a visceral and immersive exploration of the power of the mosh pit and finding love in the most unlikely of places.
Charity appeal 1939 10 mins
Long thought lost, this Powell-directed promotional short for a veteran’s charity was only rediscovered in 2003.
Documentary 1941 6 mins
A poignant, stirring letter from a recently deceased pilot to his mother is read by John Gielgud.