London’s Screen Archives enables Londoners see their past come alive on film. Managed by Film London, we are a unique network of historic film collections that cares for, collects and screens heritage film across the city. Together we preserve London’s rich film heritage from feature films to home movies, public information films, newsreels, and records of the capital’s many different industries.
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Interesting look at two of London’s largest comprehensive schools in the 1970s, as children tackle a wide range of subjects.
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This absorbing ILEA film celebrates the achievements of two comprehensive schools in London –Southfields in Merton and Hampstead in Camden – promoting a combination of “discipline and friendliness”. The schools are both mixed gender, featuring a wide racial mix-up and some incredible hairstyles. The teachers are a mix of hip and wonderfully old-fashioned, while the kids are admirably erudite – or well-rehearsed – as they discuss ethics, history and religion.
Amateur film 1944 14 mins Silent Location: Merton
London Zoo and little babies feature in this home movie that shows domestic life in south London as well as shots of lion cubs, penguins and polar bears.
Amateur film 1944 12 mins Silent Location: Merton
Short home movie capturing the devastating aftermath of a V1 flying bomb in Mitcham and then domestic scenes in Morden and Mitcham.
Visual Training Part One, Why Things Are Seen, Merton (1947) Visual Training Part One, Why Things Are Seen, Merton (1947)
School programme and Educational film 1947 11 mins Location: Merton
Wonderful, informative military training film about vision, which features shots of south London having been made at Merton Park Studios.
Launches And Family Scenes, Epsom, Wimbledon, Croydon (1933) Launches And Family Scenes, Epsom, Wimbledon, Croydon (1933)
Amateur film 1933 50 mins Silent Location: Mudeford
Ships are launched and ropes are skipped in this wildly mixed selection of amateur films shot in the 1920s and 1930s by Gilbert Szlumper of Southern Railway.
Charity appeal 1939 10 mins
Long thought lost, this Powell-directed promotional short for a veteran’s charity was only rediscovered in 2003.
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.
Documentary 1941 6 mins
A poignant, stirring letter from a recently deceased pilot to his mother is read by John Gielgud.
Comedy 2023 2 mins
En-route to her hen weekend, bride-to-be Faye kills the vibe with a bombshell confession.
Documentary 2023 2 mins
An insight into Daytimers, the South Asian DJ collective that are breaking new ground in Britain.