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VIth British Empire & Commonwealth Games Wales 18-26 July
The sporting event for which the Wales Empire Pool was built in Cardiff, reflecting the city's promotion, in 1955, to capital of Wales.
Amateur film 1958 14 mins
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Cardiff City Corporation's Parks Dept film unit, which had made a number of films showing the city in bloom, set to work to record the various elements of the games which took place in 1958, setting the seal on Cardiff's 1955 promotion to capital city. They record the Duke of Edinburgh visiting, the Empire Games Village at RAF St Athan, hurdling at Cardiff Arms Park (main stadium) and cycling at Maindy Stadium. A marathon is referred to but there are no accompanying shots.
The film closes with shots of the opening of the Empire Games Running Track at Maindy Stadium in October 1958, an event which was used to close the Festival of Wales which also occurred in 1958. The track had been laid in the main stadium – Cardiff Arms Park – on the understanding that it would be swiftly removed once the games were over. The Wales Empire pool remained in place for 40 years, being demolished in 1998 to make way for the Millennium Stadium (once Cardiff Arms Park). It was replaced with the Cardiff International Pool, opened in 2008.
Olympics on Film
Sport 1948 9 mins Silent
Tricky weather conditions cause some spills in the downhill and ski jumping at the 1948 Winter Olympics in St Moritz.
The Olympic Games
Non-Fiction 1948 8 mins Silent
The 1948 London Olympics see Wembley stadium host the athletics plus diving and the swimming at the Empire Pool.
Non-Fiction 1947 14 mins Silent Location: Sheffield
Rare film of an exciting sprint and cycle racing event just after the war, capturing most of the large expectant crowd and many competitors.
The Olympic Games in Paris 1924
Sport 1924 91 mins Silent
The real Chariots of Fire heroes feature in this comprehensive look at the 1924 Olympic Games.
Documentary 1993 30 mins Location: Belfast
The incredible highs and crushing lows of the Belfast's boxing community
Documentary 1968 25 mins Location: Norton
“It isn’t the will to win, it’s that you don’t like to get beaten,” states the redoubtable Harvey Smith, revealed as smart, tough and easy going.
The Opening of the Prince of Wales Hospital at Cardiff
Non-Fiction 1918 13 mins Silent Location: Cardiff/Caerdydd
Miss Clara Deacon, matron (or 'commandant' as the press refer to her) of this pioneering hospital, accompanies the royal patron on his visit.
Encil Yr Haul/ The Sun's Retreat: an example of art in the environment
Documentary 1978 19 mins Location: Cardiff/Caerdydd
A mechanical grave digger is co-opted to help with the creation of a garden at Glan Ely High School, Cardiff.
From Dyserth to Llandudno and Cardiff
Home movie 1958 4 mins Silent Location: Llandudno
Donald Duck comes home with the Sunday School trippers from Bethel Chapel, Dyserth!
Along the Glamorganshire Canal
Amateur film 1945 6 mins Silent Location: Gabalfa
The once thriving but now derelict canal is full of interest for members of Cardiff Amateur Cine Society.
De La Salle School, Cardiff: Sports Day and Dads' Fishing Trip
Amateur film 1960 6 mins Silent Location: Cardiff/Caerdydd
Every race has its difficulties – keeping the egg on the spoon, managing a sack with holes in the bottom, running with a piggy-back rider.
Sea Scout Camp at Dale
Home movie 1960 7 mins Silent Location: Cardiff/Caerdydd
Ropes are cast off, lock gates opened and they're away! Brother Alfred checks his watch to confirm they've caught the ebb tide.
Without Bounds to Beat
Documentary 2019 9 mins
Without Bounds to Beat is an experimental documentary that recounts a town’s revival of an ancient folk tradition, placing it in contrast to today’s digital technologies.
Drama 2019 12 mins
An upbeat drama about 14-year-old oddball Toni who is having a tough time with the bullies at school. One day, the internet and a passion for performance saves her.
Janitor of Lunacy
Drama 2019 12 mins
A young woman descends into a digital wormhole via her obsession with a BDSM account run by an unknown user.
Drama 2019 7 mins
A drama set in the near future where virtual reality allows a person to see life through the eyes of someone very different, which questions whether experiences become shared or commodified.
Drama 2019 7 mins
In search of an identity, Candy wanders through the digital landscape, leaving fragments of herself behind in this experimental short drama.
Documentary 2019 11 mins
A documentary on one of Scotland’s most isolated and breathtaking islands, where all 35 residents prepare for the remarkable roll-out of fibre-optic broadband.
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