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Waves at Southport (1902)
Beautiful shots of gentle waves on a shingle beach.
Sea waves were a popular film subject from the very earliest days of the cinema. Few subjects expressed so well the particular qualities of the moving photographic image. This film, which may have been commissioned by Tweedale for his 'Bio-Motograph' show, was shot in bright sunlight and in close up. The full effect of the lacy-edged wavelets is quite beautiful.
Tweedale also commissioned the beautiful panorama of the Buxton Skyline, also in the Mitchell & Kenyon collection, so we might deduce that his entertainment favoured refined, touristic films rather than the livelier subjects shot by M&K, such as their factory gate films.
Non-Fiction 1901 7 mins Silent Location: Hipperholme
Summertime laughs and larks at a West Yorkshire pleasure gardens.
Non-Fiction 1902 9 mins Silent Location: Coventry
Crowds pay homage to the legendary naked rider during Coventry’s Edwardian coronation celebrations.
Non-Fiction 1907 5 mins Silent Location: Llandudno
May Day festivities in the North Wales town.
Sedgwick's Bioscope Showfront at Pendlebury Wakes (1901) Sedgwick's Bioscope Showfront at Pendlebury Wakes (1901)
Non-Fiction 1901 2 mins Silent Location: Pendlebury
Outside a fairground cinematograph in Edwardian Lancashire.
Non-Fiction 1901 7 mins Silent Location: Morecambe
Crystal-clear views of town, sands, sea, tourists and locals at the Lancashire resort.
Bootle May Day Demonstration and Crowning of the May Queen (1903) Bootle May Day Demonstration and Crowning of the May Queen (1903)
Non-Fiction 1903 18 mins Silent Location: Bootle
May Day revellers brave a wet and windy day in Edwardian Merseyside.
Non-Fiction 1905 1 mins Location: Southport
When you're on a pier this long, you can be forgiven for taking public transport
Charity appeal 1934 8 mins Location: Southport
Windows of opportunity: how a charity aimed to improve the lives of blind and partially sighted people.
Amateur film 1933 18 mins Silent Location: Winsford
Floral delights and more from around the North West.
Non-Fiction 1920 3 mins Silent Location: Southport
Gentle thrills on the North West coast - a fun day out for everyone, without getting a hair or whisker out of place.
Non-Fiction 1928 1 mins Location: Southport
Lord Derby opens Southport's fancy new bathing lake and pavilion in this newsreel item
Promotional 1975 16 mins Location: Churchtown
Come to sunny Southport for your summer holiday, with so much to see and do.
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.