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Spot the film and soap stars of the future as John Hurt plays a disabled teenager befriended by some biker boys.
Eyes of a Child
School programme and Educational film196131 mins Location: Dorton Ho (Sch)
Young imaginations run wild at School for Blind Children.
A Deaf man becomes a world-famous porn star thanks to some advanced skill with his hands.
Science Fiction201411 mins
Flatmates fight over the opportunity to experience some very new sensations.
One of Them Is Brett
Unforgettable documentary about a boy, born without arms due to thalidomide, and his family
Personal exploration of identity and autism, with a splash of Al Murray.
Amateur film19475 minsSilent Location: Cathays
When cars were not so common, roads could be used as playgrounds, particularly when snow fell, as seen here in Cardiff.
1949 Home Events - London
Amateur film19493 minsSilent Location: London
An amazing film from 1949 that shows the colour returning to London's cheeks after six years of war - with Grenadier Guards, London Buses and the inevitable bombsites
Alston Hall of Fashions
News19755 mins Location: Holbeton
Casual workwear form the latest Autumn fashions modelled at Alston Hall near Holbeton in Devon.
CND Women's Protest
News19831 minsSilent Location: Devonport
An anti-nuclear demonstration by women from the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament at Royal Devonport and on the Tamar Bridge.
Clothes to Please
News19631 mins Location: Devon
Responses to questions about dressing to please are of their day.
Fashion of the Year
News197314 mins Location: Plymouth
Hippy, glam and disco inspire a colour explosion in new seventies fashion styles.