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War1992115 mins Location: Trawsfynydd
The stirring story of poet Ellis Evans-Hedd Wyn, the Welsh poet posthumously awarded the Eisteddfod chair at Birkenhead in 1917 after failing to return from 1st World War trenches.
Non-Fiction19253 minsSilent Location: London
Newsreel cameras capture the crowds and royalty gathered to mark the seventh "Great Silence" on Remembrance Day 1925.
Amateur film19793 minsSilent Location: Dunham Massey Hall
Remembrance Sunday commemorations in Cheshire.
Non-Fiction19429 minsSilent Location: Rotherham
This is an absorbing film of a Remembrance Day service and procession in Rotherham, unusual in being held in wartime, and made more poignant for being so.
Roll of Honour film19152 minsSilent Location: Preston
Moving record of relatives waving a fond farewell to departing loved ones during WWI.
Sponsored film19704 mins Location: Southend-on-Sea
Town centre traffic is both a problem for the environment, and for pedestrians navigating the area. Essex County Planners showcase their dynamic solution to this nuisance.
A ballerina enjoys a fantastical dance
Factual TV19859 mins Location: Sowerby Bridge
Sowerby Bridge’s community work together to rejuvenate their neglected small town in this inspirational film filled with community spirit.
Factual TV19879 mins Location: Halifax
Halifax’s Calderdale Council inspires real and lasting positive change in the community through infrastructure investment in this film.
News19693 mins Location: Haltwhistle
The printing presses grind to a halt in Haltwhistle.
News19783 mins Location: Brockhampton
Woodlice racing: a practice to improve fertility or an excuse for gambling?
Home movie196815 minsSilent Location: Hawarden/Penarlâg
The grounds of Hawarden Castle lend themselves to jousting, archery and a hog roast but modern-day ice-creams and hot dogs are on offer too.