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These Are the Hands
Beautiful NHS fundraiser, setting Michael Rosen’s poem to powerful archive images.
In this powerful and heart-warming fundraiser for NHS Charities Together, Iain Glen’s fine reading of Michael Rosen’s poem These Are the Hands is set to archive footage of the NHS from 1948 onwards, and images of NHS staff on the Coronavirus frontline in 2020. Beautifully put together, the film is a co-production of the BFI and the Event and Visual Communications Association (EVCOM), a body to which producers of public, corporate and third sector video belong – including many who make films for the modern NHS.
The archive clips come from the BFI National Archive and the East Anglian Film Archive. A full list of the films used appears at the end of the film – and all of these films are available to watch in full on BFI Player.
Public Information Filler 1941 6 mins
The face mask comes of age in this intriguing wartime guide to germ prevention.
Documentary 1981 18 mins Location: Notting Hill
West London echoes to the sound of reggae and steel pans in this kaleidoscopic record of the 1980 Notting Hill Carnival.
Magazine and Review show 1986 7 mins Location: West Bromwich
Bringing the tastes of Montego Bay to a wintry West Bromwich.
Animation & Artists Moving Image 2018 13 mins
A post-Brexit pagan dance fantasy about a troupe of Morris-dancing badgers forced to confront the animals quarantined in a facility built above their burrow.
Documentary 1977 28 mins Location: Southwold
Real ale and folk music in the pub – performed by Fairport Convention – are celebrated in this portrait of Southwold on the Suffolk coast and the work of the Adnams brewery.
Comedy 2020 8 mins
A young recluse suﬀering from PTSD encounters a late-night commercial that promises him an unexpected and somewhat magical cure.
Action and Adventure 1923 28 mins Silent Location: Tilbury
Plotting world domination, Devil Doctor Fu-Manchu steals plans for a new aero-torpedo in this earliest surviving thrill-a-minute serial instalment.
Inside Film 2024 16 mins
Filmmakers Jane Giles and Ali Catterall discuss their documentary Scala!!!, revisiting the legendary and inspirational cinema venue and some of the most notorious films that screened there.
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
A queercore romance - a visceral and immersive exploration of the power of the mosh pit and finding love in the most unlikely of places.
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.