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Trouble in Toytown
An immensely charming toy story in which a distracted pupil becomes an attentive teacher and explains road safety to dolls
Public Information Filler 1946 14 mins
Young Tom may be a daydreamer at school, but some lessons clearly stick better than others. When he is put in charge of sorting out road safety in Toytown (a world glimpsed through a hole in his skirting board) he certainly knows what to do. Pixar’s Toy Story is the most famous example of a long cinema tradition of bringing toys to life. Though not as technically accomplished, this film is certainly as charming.
Dudley Shaw Ashton was not a professional filmmaker, and large parts of this film appear to have been shot in and around his modernist home in Poole. He would go on to make a number of art documentaries for the BFI Experimental Film Fund and the Arts Council, including portraits of Barbera Hepworth and Henry Moore.
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?
Filling the Gap
Animation & Artists Moving Image 1942 5 mins
No time to veg out – there's a war on. Get your vegetables out!
Is This a Record?
Comedy 1973 22 mins
Pythons join Frank Muir, Connie Booth and Willie Rushton celebrating the Guinness Book of Records.
A Mug's Game, Or, How to Squash a Lemon Head
Animation & Artists Moving Image 1967 4 mins
Yo-yo, Pogo and Splat (guess which one's the lemon head?) feature in this innovative stop-motion railway safety film
The Princess and the Wonderful Weaver
Animation & Artists Moving Image 1968 12 mins
It’s the 60s – what better way to sell wool than animating a spurious fable about a mile-high naked princess?
Animation & Artists Moving Image 1969 6 mins Location: Liverpool
An animated call to arms against factory closures on Merseyside, mixing Terry Gilliam-style stomping feet with agitprop angst.
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
The skies above Redhill are abuzz with planes as the fliers of Surrey's Tiger Club perform an aerial show for the crowds below
Brighton Seaside - Airshow & Silver Jubilee in Bromley
Amateur film 1977 11 mins Location: Brighton
Tony Mitchell captures a variety of events during Jubilee year - including day trips to Brighton and a bunting covered London as well as an accident at an airshow
This is Bournemouth
Promotional 1969 17 mins Location: Bournemouth
Bournemouth. A holiday resort that’s got the lot. Sunshine, sandy beaches, gardens, shops, fine dining and entertainment - with sports stars and a few beauty queens thrown in
The Building of the Eastern Road flyover on the M27
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.
A Tour of Conservative Wards in Southampton
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