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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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1976 49 mins Location: Bradford
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2000 10 mins Silent
A homage to the director's mother, mistress of the art of making samosas
Lord Mayor at Asian "Do" at St. George's Hall
Non-Fiction 1972 0 mins Silent Location: Bradford
Quite possibly the first Indian concert to be put on in a theatre in Bradford, with striking classical Indian dancing and musical instruments.
Indian 11th Republic Day Celebrations at Leicester
News 1959 1 mins Silent Location: Leicester
Samosas sit alongside sandwiches as India's Republic Day is celebrated in fine style in Leicester.
News 1976 4 mins Location: Peterborough
Peterborough's Playbus offers a fun and welcoming space for ethnic minority families to improve their English language skills.
Asian Cultural Centre opens in Peterborough
News 1980 2 mins Location: Peterborough
Isolation can be a problem for South Asians, especially for women. A new cultural centre in Peterborough is hoping to change that.
Fire! October '63
Amateur film 1962 2 mins Silent Location: Redbridge
Local emergency services spring into action to put out blaze and protect rubbernecking residents in Redbridge, north-east London
Amateur film 1978 4 mins Silent Location: Redbridge
Pearly Queens meet Carnival Queens at the annual carnival day extravaganza in Ilford
Stephen and Marcus
Amateur film 1960 11 mins Silent Location: Redbridge
Playtime in the garden for two young London children, including a large element of slapstick fun.
Harold Defries Bar Mitzvah
Amateur film 1960 9 mins Silent Location: Redbridge
Some serious moves can be seen by guests of all ages in his lovely film showing the Bar Mitzah celebrations of Harold Defries in London in 1960.
Hetty and Willy Defries Silver Wedding
Amateur film 1959 5 mins Silent Location: Redbridge
Happy faces dominate this home film, showing guests greeting Hetty and Willy Defries, who are celebrating their 25th wedding anniversary.
Wanstead and Woodford Cine Club Dance
Amateur film 1955 2 mins Silent Location: Woodford
Couples shake their moves in this short home movie recorded at the annual dance held by a group of East London amateur cinema enthusiasts.
Torture and Pleasure
Current affairs 1980 5 mins Location: Thurlestone
Gerald Haycock embarks on a torture and pleasure weekend and goes from reward-based hard exercise to eating and drinking.
Current affairs 1968 4 mins Location: Nettlecombe
Estate once owned by the father of King Harold, Godwin has never been bought or sold.
Charm Hostess and Mannequin School
Current affairs 1965 6 mins Location: Exeter
Women are put through their deportment paces and all in the name of etiquette.
Current affairs 1969 3 mins Location: Perranporth
Andy Price checks out how to make your own surfboard.
Hafod-y-Ddôl Grammar School, Nantyglo: sports, science and snow
Home movie 1960 8 mins Silent Location: Nantyglo
The sun shines on the school sports, ensuring good trade for the ice-cream vendor; in winter it makes the snow that halts train and car sparkle.
Whirlwinds at RAF St Mawgan
Current affairs 1962 3 mins Location: St Mawgan
RAF 22 Squadron provides air-sea rescue for the South West with new HAR 10 Whirlwind helicopters.
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