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Where the Cheese Comes From
Blessed are the cheesemakers of Somerset in this tour of Cheddar and nearby Glastonbury.
Travelogue 1926 12 mins Silent
Which came first, Cheddar or the cheese? This lively silent travelogue from the 'Wonderful Britain' series may not answer the question, but suggests that, were it in America, this pretty Somerset town would surely have been called Cheeseville. The intertitles offer quips and facts in equal measure, although the light-hearted remarks about some rather rough handling of animals at the market leave a bit of sour taste.
After a whizz round the village and the gorgeous gorge, the film takes a tour of the popular travelogue spot of Glastonbury, at a time when the headline act was still the ruins of the abbey.
South West Silents Playlist
Non-Fiction 1898 2 mins Silent Location: Barnstaple
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Non-Fiction 1902 9 mins Silent Location: Portishead
A fine variety of views of the Avon gorge taken from various positions downstream from the Clifton Suspension Bridge.
Non-Fiction 1923 3 mins Silent Location: Plymouth
Get that Kruschen Feeling! Pram race to fundraise for the Palace Theatre
Travelogue 1920 12 mins Silent Location: Porth
Eden before the Project: a magical, whimsical travelogue of Cornish beauty spots.
1921 12 mins Silent Location: Lynton
Could these holidaymakers have imagined the violent potential of an idyllic Devon landscape?
Non-Fiction 1926 5 mins Silent Location: Barnstaple
Join the crowds in Barnstaple for fairground attractions
Amateur film 1930 7 mins Silent Location: Glastonbury
Join the Blighs on their homeward journey through the Southern counties - calling at Glastonbury and various ancient landmarks east
Travelogue 1947 17 mins Silent Location: Cheddar Gorge
Hitchcock went the wrong way! Head south by southwest with this travelogue from Bath to Cornwall.
News 1971 5 mins Location: Glastonbury
Glastonbury ley lines for iconic pyramid stage to heighten a festival-goer’s experience
Travelogue 1916 1 mins Silent Location: Cheddar Gorge
Pure tranquillity in rural Somerset, a world away from the war raging on the continent.
Amateur film 1930 20 mins Silent Location: Harewood
There are some visual rarities in this fascinating compilation spanning three decades - featuring air raid shelter antics, switchback rollercoasters and aerials over Oxford.
News 1980 4 mins Silent Location: Glastonbury
David Young visits Glastonbury famous for its festival and its legends of King Arthur, the Holy Grail and Joseph of Arimathea
1962 12 mins Location: Soho
A children’s guide to bustling Soho, with a glimpse of its music industry, architecture and thriving restaurant scene.
Documentary 1969 25 mins
On release from jail, a man recalls the events leading up to his imprisonment.
1968 78 mins
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Drama 1968 27 mins
Three women seek the truth about love from a crystal ball in an early Fay Weldon play about trust and jealousy.
Action and Adventure 1955 28 mins
Four village schoolchildren encounter a spot of trouble when some crooks take up residence in the woods.
The one where Lindsay Anderson makes a film about fuel efficiency…