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A Trip to the Moon
Science Fiction190211 minsSilent
A classic of early sci-fi providing an awe-inspiring and delightful account of man’s first mission to the Moon.
The Lost Highway
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.
Cadbury's Star Bar
An animated spaceman finds a Star Bar which gives him an energy boost.
Animation & Artists Moving Image20186 mins
A comedic look at how our brains can keep us awake at night and the mercurial nature of memory.
England Women's Cricket Eleven
Sport19717 mins Location: Kingston upon Hull
Can frail womanhood cope playing such a hardy sport as cricket? Abso-blooming-lutely! So says England Women’s captain Rachael Heyhoe Flint.
Thames En Fête
Non-Fiction19261 minsSilent Location: Kingston Upon Thames
A mermaid, a fat man in a barrel and water-bound jockeys all appear in this brilliant short showing Londoners taking part in the Molesey Regatta.
Good Strong Coffee
Far-out guys and groovy gals drop doses of good strong coffee in this psychedelic 1968 ad for the hot black stuff.
Harp - Ronnie Barker (Version 1)
Ronnie Barker of The Two Ronnies advises viewers to stock up with some cans of Harp lager in this chirpy early seventies TV advert.
Vistafjord Exclusive Cruises
Advert197521 mins Location: Southampton
Enjoy this kaleidoscope of images taken aboard the MS Vistafjord - for an exclusive holiday cruise setting sail from Southampton
Symphony in Colour (Persil Advert)
Super soft-sell Persil ad, in the guise of a lush Technicolor essay on colour itself.
The Whisky of His Ancestors
Dewar’s were so proud of making one of the world’s first cinema ads, they recycled it seven decades later
The magic of a real solar eclipse filmed by a famous magician