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Watts Family Films: Christmas 1976, Epsom (1976)
It’s present time on Christmas Day 1976 in suburban Epsom, with the family gathered in the living room for a spot of unwrapping.
Home movie 1976 3 mins Silent
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Brief film of Christmas Day afternoon, with older relatives on sofas, pink faced and wearing party hats, watching two children distribute and then open presents. Spoils include a new doll, an umbrella and a dog on wheels.
Non-Fiction 1899 2 mins Silent Location: Epsom
Red letter day for the Victorian horseracing fraternity and the Surrey town.
Non-Fiction 1913 5 mins Silent Location: Epsom
A momentous act of self sacrifice is caught on camera - Emily Davison is trampled by the King's horse at the 1913 Epsom Derby.
Home movie 1974 7 mins Silent Location: Epsom
Plastic frogs and toy pushchairs are all unwrapped during a frantic and satisfying Christmas for a toddler, her mother and grandfather.
Home movie 1978 3 mins Silent Location: Epsom
One elderly relative falls asleep, but the kids still have a ball opening their Christmas presents in the Epsom suburbs.
Watts Family Films: Karen’s Fourth Birthday, Epsom (1977) Watts Family Films: Karen’s Fourth Birthday, Epsom (1977)
Home movie 1977 3 mins Silent Location: Epsom
A fourth birthday party begins with a polite tea and ends in balloon-hitting flag-waving anarchy as the kids enjoy their sugar rush.
Watts Family Films: Karen’s Third Birthday, Epsom (1976) Watts Family Films: Karen’s Third Birthday, Epsom (1976)
Home movie 1976 3 mins Silent Location: Epsom
Children sit round the dining table for a rather formal children’s tea, rounded off by a cake with slightly frustrating candles.
Travelogue 1907 9 mins Silent
A grand tour of Japan’s major cities, offering scenic views of the streets and daily life.
Interest film 1913 3 mins Silent
This ethnographic film offers a brief overview of the traditional culture of the Ainu, an ethnic minority in Japan.
Documentary 1905 4 mins
The performance of a masked dancer is followed by a scene from a kendo match, contrasting grace and ferocity.
Non-Fiction 1904 2 mins Silent
In a school gymnastic festival, boys and girls demonstrate their physical rigour through exercise and dance.
Interest film 1909 5 mins Silent
A vibrant festival with parades of fishermen and geisha celebrates the 50th anniversary of the opening of Yokohama Port.
1912 5 mins Silent
Pathécolor’s mechanical stencil colouring is put to good use illustrating a festival at an ancient shrine.