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Gay women from different generations discuss their experiences in this revealing TV documentary
News19725 mins Location: Glastonbury
Glastonbury ley lines for iconic pyramid stage to heighten a festival-goer’s experience
Amateur film19948 mins Location: Harlesden
A female protagonist falls prey to the ‘Shadowman’, who stalks his victim before attack. Uses stop-motion animation as well as live action.
Animation & Artists Moving Image20083 mins
A series of flipbooks tell the sad story of the Black Dog.
Home movie196536 mins Location: Dulais Valley/Cwm Dulais
Master baker John Dillwyn Williams, owner of Duffryn Bakery, Onllwyn, turns his hand to film-making and captures community events in glorious colour.
Follow the life cycle of the king of crustaceans in this quirky documentary by Bauhaus artist László Moholy-Nagy.
Factual TV196955 mins
A terrible beauty: impressive early TV history programme looks at Ireland 1913-23.
The curved, reflective sculptures of William Pye create different ways of reading space.
Animation & Artists Moving Image19833 mins
Victorian lantern slides and a ‘patriotic’ rendering of God Save the Queen
Non-Fiction19233 mins Location: Millwall
Had London’s Isle of Dogs seen anything more exotic than elephants and a smoking chimp?
Public Information Filler19731 mins
Road safety guidance for kids from Tufty the squirrel and friends
Training film/TV programme198123 mins Location: Horwich
A look at the engineering skills behind British Rail Engineering Limited - one of Britain's "biggest engineering concerns"