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Training film/TV programme197431 mins
John Cleese demonstrates three incorrect ways to interview job applicants, in this classic training film from Cleese's Video Arts company.
Damsel’s delight: dainty creations from Paris are here to inspire you in this amusing 1920s cinemagazine.
Government sponsored film194110 mins
Stirring portrait of London in autumn 1941- its streets and monuments battle-scarred, but its spirit intact.
Factual TV198025 mins
The LGBT current affairs series visits the new Heaven nightclub, contrasting it with other parts of London’s gay scene.
Documentary198423 mins Location: Newark-on-Trent
From shire horses to the Royal Marines, welcome to the annual Newark Show. A serious business for the farming community, with prizes to win and 800 gallons of beer to be drunk.
Pythons join Frank Muir, Connie Booth and Willie Rushton celebrating the Guinness Book of Records.
News19783 mins Location: Brockhampton
Woodlice racing: a practice to improve fertility or an excuse for gambling?
News19571 minsSilent Location: Tewkesbury
Warning: contains images of men wearing nappies!
News19766 mins Location: Papplewick
With brass polished and a good head of steam Papplewick's pumping station is a lasting legacy to Mariott Ogle Tarbotton.
Amateur film19564 minsSilent Location: Weymouth
A family holiday to the popular summer retreat on the coast of Dorset.
News19806 mins Location: Leeds
In this celebratory short film, Leeds is transformed with colour and spectacle during the annual West Indian Carnival.
Promotional197516 mins Location: Bradford
Bradford-born author J.B. Priestley is in fine humour in this insightful film that depicts his opening of a new library at Bradford Uni.