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These Are the Hands
Beautiful NHS fundraiser, setting Michael Rosen’s poem to powerful archive images.
Charity appeal 2020 2 mins Not rated
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.
Spotlight on Key Workers
School programme and Educational film 1973 43 mins Location: Northcourt
London’s school kids get to grips with teaching methods, technology and cows in this film from the 1970s explaining educational theories at different London schools.
Government sponsored film 1952 27 mins Location: Wadhurst
Never a dull moment for a rural district nurse in the early days of the NHS.
News 1974 2 mins Location: Birmingham
Bus timetables are sacrosanct to some but to others there are more important things in life - and faith is one of them.
Documentary 1928 3 mins Silent Location: Sheffield
Refuse collection you cannot refuse with some state-of-the-art bin business in 1920s Sheffield
News 1975 4 mins Location: Ullesthorpe
It's an Aladdin's Cave of household goods: Donald Sansome's travelling store is a lifeline for the people of rural Leicestershire
The Daily Round: The Story of Milk Production and Distribution The Daily Round: The Story of Milk Production and Distribution
Promotional 1954 22 mins Location: East Sussex
Indulge your nostalgia for the old-fashioned milk bottle with this Express Dairy promotional film from the 1950s.
Manchester's Welcome to the Imperial Yeomanry (1901) Manchester's Welcome to the Imperial Yeomanry (1901)
Non-Fiction 1901 4 mins Silent Location: Manchester
A volunteer cavalry regiment is enthusiastically welcomed home after active service in South Africa.
Non-Fiction 1901 2 mins Silent Location: Liverpool
All ashore! Passengers disembark and crew offload after a long Atlantic crossing.
Spectators Promenading in Weston Park, Sheffield (1902) Spectators Promenading in Weston Park, Sheffield (1902)
Non-Fiction 1902 3 mins Silent Location: Weston Park
A stroll in the park for civilised city-dwellers in Edwardian South Yorkshire.
Non-Fiction 1924 1 mins Silent Location: Woking
The UK's first purpose-built mosque welcomes a huge crowd of worshippers - and newsreel cameras!
Comedy 1914 9 mins Silent
A vicar is caught flirting with an improperly-dressed chorus girl in this saucy silent comedy.
Travelogue 1953 21 mins Location: York
The Stationmaster at York guides us through a typical day, from dawn to dusk.