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The Magic Pills
Amateur film19584 mins Location: Golden Acre Park
In this funny amateur film from Leeds, a magic pill salesman offers extraordinary physical powers to those in need of a little help.
A Modern Guide to Health
Animation & Artists Moving Image19469 mins
Modern advice and old-fashioned values combine in this postwar animated health guide from the makers of Animal Farm
Don’t tell the Spotty man but Superted has a new friend. A stop motion predecessor of the superhero teddy idea
The Strange Case of Penny Allison
Training film/TV programme200218 mins
Imelda Staunton and Hugh Laurie as you've not quite seen them before: in a comedy training video for Britain’s National Blood Service.
Animation & Artists Moving Image20056 mins
Bee Boy is destined to spend eternity trapped inside a hive on top of a hill.
Is This Your Life?
Amateur film19579 mins
An unusual and visually sophisticated commentary on the routine drabness and drudgery of everyday suburban existence.
Sponsored film196010 mins
A future Beatles director and former Goon script a beautifully designed comic cartoon for BP
Animation & Artists Moving Image193011 mins
A British Steamboat Willie? This early British sound cartoon might not have been the first, but it’s a cracker
Peter's Picture Poems
Animation & Artists Moving Image19173 mins
A star-spangled sock on the nose for Kaiser Wilhelm, as this wordplay propaganda cartoon meets war crimes with pun-ishment
Green Men, Yellow Woman
Animation & Artists Moving Image19734 mins
Even Clark Gable doesn’t live up to his image in this off-beat cartoon about a woman fed up with the attentions of little green men
Help for Russia
Documentary194112 mins Location: Bermondsey
"Your money means death to Nazism": Bermondsey holds a great parade in aid of Russia during WWII.
Morecambe and Wise - Be Wise Don't Drink and Drive
Public Information Filler19631 mins
Ernie tells Eric to ‘be wise’ and not drive home after their Christmas party