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British "girl athletes" prove themselves in competition with women from around the world at Stamford Bridge.
Non-Fiction 1924 3 mins Silent
World records tumble at the International and British Games for female athletes, held on 4 August 1924 at Stamford Bridge. One of the stars of the athletics track was London clerk Miss Mary Lines who, after breaking the 120m hurdles world record in her heat, then went on to break another with her win in the 250 metres in the afternoon.
25,000 spectators turned out for the Games, which were promoted in advance as an exciting spectacle. The News of the World noted the "most remarkable programme, such as has never been seen in this country in the history of athletics... In reality it will be the Olympic Games for Women."
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.
Documentary 1983 25 mins Location: Cleckheaton
With the Paralympics even more marginalised than today, these athletes show great determination, dedication, camaraderie and humility.
1968 3 mins
We're off! Olympic training on the streets of Mansfield as local boy John Whetton prepares for the 1968 Mexico City games.
1926 14 mins Silent
Special effects galore in this demonstration of fancy swimming and diving, featuring Olympic medallist Belle White.
Sport 1973 54 mins
A rare insight into gymnast Olga Korbut's life at the height of her fame, showing the discipline it takes to be an Olympic champion.
Non-Fiction 1948 1 mins Silent
Speed skaters brave the weather to race round the track at the 1948 Olympic Games in St Moritz, Switzerland.
Amateur film 1955 21 mins Silent Location: Fulham
Broken clocks, basket-weaving and compulsory cheeriness – a glimpse into how disabled servicemen were prepared for civilian life in the 1950s
Non-Fiction 1926 1 mins Silent Location: Fulham
Craven Cottage, March 1926: Fulham host Manchester United in the 6th round of the FA Cup.
Government sponsored film 1975 16 mins Location: Fulham
Having your car nicked is one thing, but then you're branded a loser – by this unsympathetic crime prevention film about car theft
Animation & Artists Moving Image 1986 5 mins Location: Fulham
Iconic images by photo-pioneer Eadweard Muybridge come to life in this striking video collage.
Amateur film 1959 13 mins Location: Fulham
Fascinating tour of London’s schools for the deaf, showing teaching methods and meeting deaf children, including several from Africa and the West Indies.
Cinemagazine 1966 14 mins Location: Fulham
Swinging 60s meets capital of cool in a fun and funky TV magazine show aimed at Canadian audiences.
1926 40 mins Silent
Compelling travel feature edited from footage of the 1925-26 Worsley Algarsson Arctic expedition.
Inside Film 2021 41 mins
In this illustrated discussion, BFI programmer-at-large Geoff Andrew and Catherine Wheatley, the author of two books on Michael Haneke’s work, examine what makes him such a distinctive, important and often controversial cinematic artist.
Inside Film 2021 41 mins
Film critic Carmen Gray and film writer Ela Bittencourt discuss three films by trailblazing Czech filmmaker Věra Chytilová.
Inside Film 2021 40 mins
In this discussion, BFI programmer-at-large Geoff Andrew and Sue Harris, Professor of Film Studies at Queen Mary University of London, will focus on three titles to look at what made Malle such a rewarding filmmaker.
Inside Film 2021 38 mins
BFI National Archive curator Will Massa and film critic Beatrice Loayza explore the work of contemporary British filmmaker Joanna Hogg.
Inside Film 2021 47 mins
Writer and activist So Mayer joins filmmaker and critic Alexandra Hidalgo to discuss the work of acclaimed French director and artist Agnès Varda.