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Dyson and Horsfall Xmas Orders
Christmas planning on a grand scale in a Lancashire workplace.
Amateur film 1938 10 mins Silent
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Christmas is a busy time for the Preston mail order catalogue firm of Dyson and Horsfall. Begun by Cyril Buckley Dyson and his wife Clarissa as a Christmas Club venture, its success led to Cyril working with his brother-in-law Herbert Horsfall on the company that bears their names. In this film shot by Cyril, we see the work that goes into ensuring that customers receive their orders on time.
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Government sponsored film 1977 2 mins Location: Belfast
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Public Information Filler 1963 1 mins
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Trick film 1898 1 mins Silent
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Sport 1900 2 mins Location: Preston
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The Prime Minister, the Right Honourable Winston S. Churchill visits Fulwood and Preston, 27th June 1945 The Prime Minister, the Right Honourable Winston S. Churchill visits Fulwood and Preston, 27th June 1945
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Amateur film 1945 11 mins Silent Location: Preston
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Non-Fiction 1952 12 mins Silent Location: Bolton
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1913 3 mins Location: Preston
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Non-Fiction 1920 7 mins Silent Location: Preston
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Drama 2019 26 mins
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Sponsored film 2001 19 mins
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Animation & Artists Moving Image 2020 10 mins
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2003 1 mins
A longer version of the famously icky anti-smoking promo in which cigarettes ooze fat.
Public Information Filler 2003 1 mins
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Short documentary 2021 4 mins
A South Asian gaze on representation, inequality and discrimination in UK film and TV, set against the backdrop of the casting room.