The South West Film and Television Archive (SWFTA) is the regional film archive for the South West of England. Established in 1993, SWFTA's core collection comprises of the combined programme libraries of Westward Television and TSW (Television South West). The archive also cares for a significant number of donated film collections, both amateur and professional, dating back to the early 1900s.
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Wedding Day - Jannaud Rides Again
The beginnings of a wedding videography industry as this home movie maker shoots to fill.
Non-Fiction 1962 3 mins Silent
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The home filmmaker records the intimate reception of a wedding reception. People are filmed in close proximity as the camera eyes up the guests. The framing is the same, there is little movement and no zooms or pans although exposure and focus are important and length of shot is not too rushed. Titles in the fridge magnet style of san serif VAG rounded typography are added and aimed at amusing the happy couple post celebration.
This is filmed on 16mm film but by 1965 8mm film was surpassed by Kodak's introduction of the Super 8 format on new easy-to-use cartridges and with improved images. By the 1980s the wedding videographer is helped by the introduction of Sony's first video camcorders. There were however many limitations including clunky equipment, poor single track sound and a point and shoot mentality. Today's wedding video is part of the wider wedding industry and can be almost as professional as a Hollywood production and may include anything from the actual surprise proposal to a noughties fad of trashing the wedding dress to create art.
Amateur film 1982 4 mins Location: Harrow
Everyone's home in Harrow to witness Lady Di's debut as a Royal and a record-breaking winter causes chaos in 1981.
Drama 1986 83 mins Location: Derry / Londonderry
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Wedding of Princess Elizabeth and Philip Mountbatten Wedding of Princess Elizabeth and Philip Mountbatten
1947 1 mins Silent
Royal nuptials at Westminster Abbey, attended by the great and good including King George VI and Winston Churchill
Non-Fiction 1923 5 mins Silent
The wedding of Queen Elizabeth II's future parents, as later incarnated by Colin Firth and Helena Bonham Carter in 'The King's Speech'.
Princess Mary Wedded to Viscount Lascelles at Westminster Abbey Princess Mary Wedded to Viscount Lascelles at Westminster Abbey
Non-Fiction 1922 8 mins Silent
Newsreel of the lavish royal marriage, which was probably the biggest British newsreel story of the decade.
Non-Fiction 1922 1 mins Silent
The sartorial build up to the lavish nuptials of Princess Mary and Viscount Lascelles in 1922.
News 1975 1 mins Silent Location: Mousehole
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News 1963 0 mins Silent Location: Mousehole
A local lobsterman lands a giant lobster from and for the pot.
News 1971 4 mins Location: Mousehole
The little harbour village of Mousehole with its Lamorna stone cottages is the subject of this report.
Non-Fiction 1967 10 mins Silent Location: Mousehole
Basking shark in shallow waters off Mousehole
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About My Family During the Pandemic [Sobre mi familia cuando la pandemia] About My Family During the Pandemic [Sobre mi familia cuando la pandemia]
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Drama 2021 15 mins
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