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Gripping glimpses of modern nursing - on the frontline at Guy’s Hospital.
Trebly fascinating, this film gives us gripping real-life hospital scenes, a palpable sense of the shifting focus of modern nursing – and a rare glimpse of how Britain and its health services were extolled abroad. Shot at Guys Hospital, it would not have been seen by British viewers at the time: it was made as part of long-running magazine series London Line, commissioned by the British government for distribution to TV stations in various countries, particularly former British colonies in Africa. Innovations in Britain’s NHS were one among the many aspects of British life that it covered.
The on-screen reporter is Nigerian-born Jumoke Debayo, a frequent presenter on London Line and a regular character actress in British TV (including Grange Hill and Plays for Today) – and the politically satirical feature film The National Health (1973). Though not working on a high budget, the London Line filmmakers here make fine use of a highly mobile 16mm camera, often capturing live sound, to give the programme a real immediacy and viewers the sense of being on the clinical front line.
Documentary 1959 16 mins Location: London
A beautiful and evocative survey of cycling's golden years.
Public Information Filler 1974 1 mins
Typically hard-hitting public information film about the threat posed by combining a rug and a freshly polished floor.
Public Information Filler 1949 1 mins
Another of Richard Massingham’s snappy public information fillers finds the oafish everyman’s personal hygiene in question again.
Government sponsored film 1952 27 mins Location: Wadhurst
Never a dull moment for a rural district nurse in the early days of the NHS.
Public Information Filler 1969 1 mins
New law targets discrimination in housing and employment in this eye-opening public information film.
Documentary 1964 16 mins
Documentary warning children about the drawbacks of cigarettes – not least their addictiveness.
Action and Adventure 1923 28 mins Silent Location: Tilbury
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Inside Film 2024 16 mins
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Drama 2023 2 mins
A group of young Black boys run into a building. One of them is about to do the unimaginable.
Romance 2023 2 mins
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Charity appeal 1939 10 mins
Long thought lost, this Powell-directed promotional short for a veteran’s charity was only rediscovered in 2003.
Documentary 1941 6 mins
A poignant, stirring letter from a recently deceased pilot to his mother is read by John Gielgud.