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A Drive Round the Island of Hong Kong
Join a group of ex-pats on a tour around Hong Kong, long before it became defined by its skyscraper skyline.
Home movie 1935 18 mins Silent
As well as taking in some of Hong Kong's best known scenic spots, this home movie offers unique insight into how European and Chinese communities co-existed. While ex-pats enjoy afternoon tea in the gardens of the impressive Repulse Bay Hotel, Chinese fishermen mend sails at Aberdeen port. Buddhist, Christian and Muslim cemeteries are shown, presumably to show the island’s multiculturalism.
The scene entitled ‘Chinese bathing beach’ showing Chinese locals taking an afternoon dip tells another story about more segregated elements of the European and Chinese communities. Other locations shown include Shau Kei Wan, North Point, Causeway Bay and Wong Nai Chung (Happy Valley). The footage was shot in 1935 but not compiled until 1937-38.
East Meets West
Documentary 1940 24 mins Silent Location: Hong Kong
This intimate study of Hong Kong explores the life and landscape of the former British colony in exquisite detail.
Amateur film 1938 14 mins Silent Location: Tai Po Road
The famous island is only part of Hong Kong, as this intrepid amateur explorer-cum-filmmaker reveals in this intriguing travelogue.
Home movie 1935 13 mins Silent Location: Hong Kong
Striking snapshots of life in a colonial outpost in the 1930s.
Amateur film 1937 9 mins Silent Location: Lai Chi Kok
Scenes of typhoon-torn Hong Kong captured by a local resident.
Amateur film 1938 17 mins Silent Location: Hong Kong
Christmas decorations jostle for attention among thousands of street signs in this amateur exploration of Hong Kong Island’s busy streets.
Amateur film 1937 8 mins Silent Location: Hong Kong
Poignant amateur footage records the aftermath of one of the worst typhoons in Hong Kong's history.
Aberdeen University Quarter Centenary Celebrations Aberdeen University Quarter Centenary Celebrations
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1899 1 mins Silent Location: Aberdeen
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Non-Fiction 1918 15 mins Silent Location: Glasgow
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Documentary 1947 11 mins Location: Aberdeen
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Government sponsored film 1972 5 mins Location: Aberdeen
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Advert 1931 18 mins Silent Location: Aberdeen
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Interest film 1913 3 mins Silent
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Documentary 1905 4 mins
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Non-Fiction 1904 2 mins Silent
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Interest film 1909 5 mins Silent
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1912 5 mins Silent
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