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Trev's 21st 1963
It's twistin' time! Wander in and celebrate Trev's 21st birthday in this fly-on-the-wall film.
Amateur film 1963 2 mins Silent
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It's the early 1960s and time to twist again. Join Trev and his friends as they celebrate his 21st birthday in the living room at home. Party-goers play vinyl records and perform 'the twist' dance craze. This fun film is also a snapshot of multi-cultural life in London and among the guests there are a mix of fashions from traditional saris to hip skinny ties.
Context: This film is from the collection of Redbridge Museum, Local Studies and Archives, a member of the London's Screen Archives Network.
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Mahatma Gandhi's arrival in England for the second India Round Table Conference at St James's Palace
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Amateur film 1962 2 mins Silent Location: Redbridge
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Industry sponsored film 1957 20 mins
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Documentary 1952 30 mins
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Documentary 1973 15 mins
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Industry sponsored film 1957 9 mins
A 1957 film examining the future for British Railways, and some of the opportunities provided by a new modernisation plan.
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