The South West Film and Television Archive (SWFTA) is the regional film archive for the South West of England. Established in 1993, SWFTA's core collection comprises of the combined programme libraries of Westward Television and TSW (Television South West). The archive also cares for a significant number of donated film collections, both amateur and professional, dating back to the early 1900s.
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Hepworth on Form
Barbara Hepworth discusses a life of dedication to visual arts.
News 1973 4 mins
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Barbara Hepworth is interviewed in situ at her Trewyn Studio garden in St Ives. Hepworth visited St Ives in 1939 with husband Ben Nicholson and went on to live there until her death in an accidental fire in 1975. Hepworth believed her childhood in Yorkshire inspired her work as well as a personal life that was to include triumph and tragedy. All shown artworks are the copyright of Bowness. From 1980 the Tate curates the Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden.
At the Leeds School of Art Hepworth befriended fellow student Henry Moore and a professional rivalry developed. They received scholarships to the Royal Academy of Art in London where they carved pieces directly experimenting with shapes and materials and returning to primitive forms rooted in nature giving abstract sculpture its popular appeal. Contrapuntal Forms (1950) is a sculpture of double figures in Irish blue limestone made for the 1951 Festival of Britain and later presented to the new town of Harlow in Essex and her bronze statue Single Form (1964) is situated outside the United Nations building in New York. Hepworth and Nicholson co-founded the Penwith Society of Arts at the Castle Inn in 1949.
The Arts on Film
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Documentary 1953 17 mins Silent Location: St Ives
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1978 29 mins
Impressionistic portrait of life as a dancer in London’s Ballet Rambert.
Documentary 1967 14 mins
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Documentary 1972 13 mins
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Documentary 1984 61 mins
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News 1983 4 mins Location: St Ives
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1925 1 mins Silent Location: St Ives
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Travelogue 1938 15 mins Location: St Ives
Rapid survey of early Cornish history, featuring its language, landscape and industries.
Amateur film 1935 12 mins Silent Location: Penzance
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Advert 1912 19 mins Silent Location: Plymouth
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News 1963 2 mins Silent Location: St Ives
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Animation & Artists Moving Image 1936 8 mins
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Animation & Artists Moving Image 1936 9 mins
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Animation & Artists Moving Image 1909 4 mins
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Animation & Artists Moving Image 1940 8 mins
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Animation & Artists Moving Image 1919 10 mins Silent
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Animation & Artists Moving Image 1925 6 mins
1920s canine icon Bonzo the Dog tests the Entente Cordiale to the limit in this silent British cartoon
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