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Horse-drawn Traffic in Euston Rd
A close brush with the precursor to the number 73 bus in Victorian London.
1899 1 mins Silent
This film, possibly taken on the Euston Road looking east from the junction with Woburn Place, shows heavy traffic of a different era. The cameraman is making the most of the busy road, positioning the apparatus close enough that the approaching vehicles rapidly fill the frame as they rush past – an effect so familiar to early cinema audience that it was satirised in films such as The Countryman and the Cinematograph. After a close brush with the precursor to the number 73 bus (destination Hyde Park Corner) the camera records several other carriages passing.
Non-Fiction 1900 1 mins Silent Location: Southampton
A moving tour through lively turn-of-the-century Southampton.
Non-Fiction 1899 1 mins Silent
A hypnotic study of the wake of a ship at sea
Non-Fiction 1900 1 mins Silent
An unusual view of Paris, shot from a boat travelling down the Seine. You can even see the Eiffel tower - almost!
Non-Fiction 1897 5 mins Silent Location: Tay Bridge
Stunning train's eye views across the Tay rail bridge from Fife to Dundee
Non-Fiction 1900 2 mins Silent
Admire the view but don't look down, as this short film takes you on a breathtaking trip through the Alps
Non-Fiction 1899 1 mins
With energetic waving of handkerchiefs to those on shore, a large steamship heads off
Advert 1898 1 mins Silent Location: St Pancras
An unusual farewell in this charming early film
Documentary 1965 28 mins Location: St Pancras
A powerful documentary which sees a community of artists under threat as their London studios face demolition.
Documentary 1934 23 mins Silent Location: St Pancras
A call to action contrasting the grand homes of the wealthy with "the appalling shelter of thousands of decent citizens" in London slums.
Travelogue 1960 15 mins
Shown at the 1960 Edinburgh international Film Festival, this dazzling travelogue records Guyana’s idyllic flora and the industries that supplied raw materials for British homes.
Romance 1960 31 mins
Commissioned in 1960 to mark Nigeria’s independence, Connor directs and stars in this troubled production about shifting social relations in an emergent West African middle-class.
Documentary 1912 75 mins
Intense interest in Japan by the West made it a favourite destination for filmmakers from the earliest days of film. This selection of films from 1901 to 1913, newly restored by the BFI National Archive, takes us on a fascinating journey through Meiji Japan.
Travelogue 1960 17 mins
‘My People!’ Connor returns to his birthplace of Mayaro to celebrate his homeland’s natural beauty and manufacturing, capturing pre-independence Caribbean islands in all their glorious warmth.
Sport 1960 29 mins
Connor’s coverage of the first-ever test won by England in the Caribbean, from an overcrowded Sabina Park, features authoritative narration by British-Guyanese commentator Ernest Eytle.
Animation & Artists Moving Image 1936 8 mins
Spoiler alert! The fox is always going to outsmart the hounds in this delightful, balletic cartoon that heads from the countryside into 1930s suburbia.