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Wimbledon Centre Court action follows a summer wedding filled with flowers, flares and floppy hats in Geoffrey Woodward's film from 1973.
Amateur film 1973 5 mins Silent
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Geoffrey Woodward's short film from 1973 starts with a bride and groom exiting a church while guests and bridesmaids chat and pose for photos with the happy couple. We then see men rolling back tarpaulins on Wimbledon's Centre Court in preparation for a ladies singles match. This is soon followed by a men's singles match which ends the film.
The 1973 Wimbledon Championships were the subject of a boycott by members of the recently formed men's player's union, the Association of Tennis Professionals. This was due to the earlier suspension of Yugoslavia's number one player, Nikola Pilić, after he refused to play in a Davis Cup tournament. Eighty-one top men's players from the ATP, including the reigning champion, Stan Smith, boycotted Wimbledon that year as a protest against Pilić's suspension. Despite the loss of sixteen top men's seeds from the tournament, attendance figures were, at that time, the second highest ever recorded at Wimbledon.
Tennis on Film
Sport 1971 9 mins Location: Torquay
A young pretender takes on the Wimbledon Champion
Instructional film/TV programme 1960 7 mins
Light on his feet, Tony Mottram shows why he's one of Britain's most influential tennis coaches following a successful career as a tennis pro.
Non-Fiction 1928 2 mins Silent
French tennis legend René Lacoste beats fellow countryman Henri Cochet to the 1928 Wimbledon men’s title
Non-Fiction 1920 7 mins Silent
Newsreel coverage of the finals of the 1922 Surrey County Championships in tennis at Surbiton
Scenes at the Walton-on-Thames Lawn Tennis Tournament Finals Day Scenes at the Walton-on-Thames Lawn Tennis Tournament Finals Day
Amateur film 1934 3 mins Silent Location: Walton-on-Thames
Amateur film of the final day of play at the Walton-on-Thames Tennis Tournament 1934.
1947 20 mins
Patrick Hughes shows how to become a better tennis player.
Travelogue 1949 11 mins Location: Kew
A picturesque look at the attractions in Surrey, including Kew Gardens, Wimbledon and Guildford
Sport 1954 47 mins Location: Hampton
Wimbledon 1954, from the meticulous preparation of the 16 tennis courts to the finals and the glory on Centre Court.
Sport 1947 23 mins Location: Wimbledon
An account of the 1947 Wimbledon tennis championship
Amateur film 1934 4 mins Silent Location: Wimbledon
There's plenty of Wimbledon action in this short film from 1934 - the year when both singles titles were won by British champions.
Home movie 1927 17 mins Silent Location: Wimbledon
Rare amateur footage of the Wimbledon Tennis Finals in 1927, and other day trips with the Simonds family from Suffolk.
Sport 1961 4 mins Location: Wimbledon
Winner of the Wimbledon Ladies Championship and world number one talks about her success
Comedy 1896 1 mins Silent
A deft music hall act adapted for film, featuring the only known appearance of pioneer filmmaker Robert Paul
Advert 1985 2 mins
Take a fighter jet, a Top Gun pilot with sunglasses and a brand new SAAB 900 and you have a sure-fire vehicle to launch a Hollywood career.
Promotional 2019 10 mins
A wandering warrior dreams of a new form of expression, in this promo for UNKLE’s album The Road: Part II / Lost Highway Pt. II directed by Warren Du Preez and Nick Thornton Jones.
1935 16 mins
A rare glimpse of 1930s London in colour: the Thames has never looked lovelier.
1965 1 mins Location: York
A world away from zany humour, Richard Lester shows he can also capture the easy opulence of the upper class nibbling After Eight mints.
Advert 1946 1 mins Silent
Life is looking up! The war is over and the “Corona” Man can visit his “Corona” families once more, door-to-door.
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