London’s Screen Archives enables Londoners see their past come alive on film. Managed by Film London, we are a unique network of historic film collections that cares for, collects and screens heritage film across the city. Together we preserve London’s rich film heritage from feature films to home movies, public information films, newsreels, and records of the capital’s many different industries.
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London's famous shopping street is captured just before Christmas in 1971 in this montage with an impressionistic view of all the action.
Amateur film 1971 7 mins Silent
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Shot on 16mm and directed by prolific filmmaker Michael Slowe, this film captures London's iconic shopping epicentre through a multitude of angles to give a unique perspective of a unique street. The film also features the streets most notable figures, including "Protein Man" Stanley Green, who sold his pampthlet on "Protein Wisdom" in and around Oxford Street for some 25 years. At the time GLC were trying to minimise through traffic on London's most dangerous street.
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