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See shorts and features, showing the best from the BFI, national and regional archives - including 120 years of Britain on film
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A short documentary exploring the challenges of being young and chronically ill in a carefully curated online culture. When you’re too ill for IRL, where do you turn?
Grace and power - the miracle of the “gravity runway”.
Public Information Filler19481 mins
The Ministry of Labour exhorts women to return to industry – the post-war production drive depends on them.
Animation & Artists Moving Image198113 minsSilent
Those “things” being spiders, serpents, pre-historic monsters and God. Stop-motion clay animation inspired by the work of Ray Harryhausen.
Advert19262 minsSilent Location: Cambridge
Well-heeled Cambridge students dance the night away at the Varsity Dance Club in this early amateur cinema ad.
Animation & Artists Moving Image19773 mins Location: Newcastle upon Tyne
From scoop to broadcast with the BBC Look North TV news crew in Newcastle, featuring legendary presenter Mike Neville.
Amateur film19688 minsSilent Location: Cambridge
Amateur film capturing the Cambridge to St Ives Eastern Rail route prior to its closure following the Beeching Report.
Amateur film19632 minsSilent Location: Canterbury
John Clague's colourful film captures those last exciting days before Christmas – with Christmas trees and Christmas lights all ready for the big switch-on
Amateur film19692 minsSilent Location: Canterbury
Witness a part of bygone Canterbury being bulldozed into oblivion - making way for the city's new ring-road - in this film by the architect John Clague
Amateur film19754 mins Location: Redhill
Gasp in wonder at the charms of Redhill in this tongue-in-cheek look at life in the town.
News19736 mins Location: Walsall
The sights and sounds of Walsall Market
The Cup Action from the Third round of the F.A. CupThe Cup Action from the Third round of the F.A. Cup
FA Cup round-up: Cardiff City v Bristol City, Southampton v Liverpool and Brighton and Hove Albion v Manchester City.