A to Z OF BBC2 TRADE TEST COLOUR FILMS

by
Malcy B

 

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ACROSS THE STREET, ACROSS THE WORLD

Rank Organisation Special Features Division

Duration: 30 minutes

First Showing: 18th January 1964

Final Showing: 17th April 1964

This film shows the work of the British Red Cross at home and at its overseas branches in Hong Kong, Kenya and Uganda

Commentary by Tony Bilbow

Made in1963

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AFRICAN AWAKENING   

World Wide Pictures. Sponsored by Unilever

Duration: 36 minutes

First showing:  11th January 1964

Final showing: 11th April 1964

Developments in science, education and technology taking place in the independent West African nations of Nigeria, Ghana and Sierra Leone

 

Made in 1962

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ALGERIAN PIPELINE   

A BP / Greenpark Production

Duration: 38 minutes

First showing:  9th February 1970

Final showing: 14th August  1973

A typical industrial type film showing the construction of the Algerian pipeline laid across the Sahara desert land in the late 1960s

 

Made in 1967

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AMONG THE PELICANS   

A BP Film

Duration: 17 minutes

First showing: 22nd December 1969

Final showing: 16th September 1970

A look at the pelicans in Rumania

 

 

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AMSTERDAM    

A film by Herman van der Horst. Contemporary Films.      

Duration: 21 minutes

First showing: 27th January 1969

Final showing: 26th August 1970

The flavour and character of Amsterdam in the 1950s. It has no commentary. The sounds of the church bells and the hurdy-gurdy music make this film a little gem! 

 

 

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AN ACT OF FAITH    

A BBC Film

Duration: 23 minutes

First showing:  13th December 1962

Final showing: 27th November 1963

A film version of a BBC programme about the story of the new cathedral at Coventry.  Starting with the blitz that destroyed the mediaeval church, it moves through all the stages of rebuilding and visits the studios of the artists concerned.

Commentary by Leo Genn
Directed by John Read

Made in 1962

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ANCIENT MONUMENTS 1    

Public Announcement Film Unit  

Duration: 7 minutes

First showing: 7th November 1968

Final showing: 14th February 1970

A selection of shorts pieced together focusing on Ancient Monuments around the British Isles:
Conway Castle in North Wales
Rievaulx & Fountains Abbey in North Yorkshire
Framlingham Castle in Suffolk

 

 

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ANCIENT MONUMENTS 2    

Public Announcement Film Unit  

Duration: 12 minutes

First showing: 30th October 1972

Final showing: 31st May 1973

A further selection of shorts pieced together showing Ancient Sites around the British Isles:
Netley Abbey in Hampshire
Caerphilly Castle in South Wales
Furness Abbey in Cumbria
Mount Grace Priory in North Yorkshire
Castle Acre Priory in Norfolk

 

 

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AS OLD AS THE HILLS

A  B.P. Film

Duration: 11 minutes

Shown: 4th March 1958   (Experimental BBC London Local Tests)

Only the one showing

A Hallas & Batchelor Cartoon portraying the world one hundred million years ago and how petroleum was formed by the decomposition of plant and animal life.

 

Made in 1950

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ATLANTIC LINK

A  Central Office Of Information Film

Duration: 15 minutes

Shown: 25th March 1964  

Only the one showing

The conception, design and execution of laying the first Transatlantic submarine cable, which was made possible with the co-operation of technologists and engineers from Great Britain, U.S.A and Canada

 

Made in 1957

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ATLANTIC PARKS   

A National Film Board Of Canada Film

Duration: 17 minutes

First showing: 29th August 1968

Final showing: 9th April  1973

A surreal film focusing on Canada’s National Parks

 

Made in 1967

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BANK OF ENGLAND

Wessex Films Production

Duration: 33 minutes – shown in two parts 

First showing: 24th January 1961  (Experimental BBC London Local Tests)

Final showing: 26th April 1961 

An account of the functions, organisation and responsibilities of the Bank Of England, along with some historical background

 

Made in 1960

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BEAUTY IN TRUST

Random Film Production for National Benzole.  Part of  “Our National Heritage” series of films.            

Duration: 21 minutes

First showing: 21st September 1959   (Experimental BBC London Local Tests)
Final showing: 3rd August  1971
Sir John Betjeman narrates this and its sister film, ‘A Journey Into The Weald Of Kent’, with his usual intimate style.  It’s a splendid documentary looking at National Trust properties. Some of the places and properties visited include:
Pentire Point, North Cornwall
Claydon House, near Aylesbury, Bucks
Wicken Fen, near Cambridge
Laycock, Wiltshire
Brandelhow, Lake District, Cumbria
St. Michael’s Mount, Cornwall
Ickworth House, Suffolk
Avebury, Wiltshire.

 

Made in 1959

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BEHIND THE SPACEMAN   

United States Information Agency

Duration: 16 minutes

First showing: 17th April 1972

Final showing: 16th May 1973

A look at the American space missions.

Produced and Directed by William C. Jersey

Made in 1967

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BIRTH OF A RAINBOW   

New Zealand Film Unit

Duration: 18 minutes

First showing: 9th July 1968

Final showing: 8th August 1973

The story of Rainbow Trout on  the fish farms in New Zealand.

Music by Bill Hoffmeister

Made in 1967

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BLOOD CAN WORK MIRACLES   

A Shell Film

Duration: 12 minutes

First showing: 25th November 1967

Final showing: 14th December 1967

Whilst appealing to all in normal health to act as regular blood donors, this films shows the ways in which blood is used to save life in accident surgery; open heart surgery; childbirth emergencies, etc.

 

Made in 1961

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BOOGIE-DOODLE

A National Film Board Of Canada

Duration: 3 minutes 22 seconds

First showing: 17th April 1957  (Experimental BBC London Local Tests)

Final showing: 18th April 1957 

Only shown twice

A Jazz Abstract Fantasy Animation

 

Made in 1941

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BORGO A MOZZANO   

A Shell Italiana Film

Duration: 25 minutes

First showing: 11th March 1968

Final showing: 20th March 1968

A record of an experiment in agronomy devised and executed by Shell Italiana, centred on the community of Borgo a Mozzano, Tuscany, which comprises a small town and 16 outlying hamlets. A jeep, carrying two men drives along a Tuscan road. One is the designer of a forthcoming agronomic experiment, the other, later to be known by the villagers as "il dottore", will have the task of persuading the peasant community to use new and better methods of farming, etc

 

Made in 1958

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BOTH WAYS TO BALLYMENA   

A British Travellers’ Association Film. Telstar Productions

Duration: 13 minutes

First showing: 6th November 1969

Final showing: 24th July 1971

A scenic tour of Ireland. The film shows Northern Ireland as a peaceful place for a motoring holiday.

 

Made in 1969

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BRITAIN   

A B.O.A.C. Film

Duration: 26 minutes

First showing: 25th August 1969

Final showing: 22nd August 1973

A travelogue of Great Britain

Music by Herbert Chappell

 

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BULONG AND BOLA    

A Shell Film

Duration: 16 minutes

First showing: 24th August 1969

Final showing: 21st August 1973

A film showing the Iban people of Sarawak in Western Borneo, S.E. Asia. Bulong, a Sarawak farmer, takes his produce to market by river with his son, Bola. With an outboard motor they can make more journeys and more money, gradually improving their standard of living, whilst the mobile clinic brings medical aid to all.

Music by  Gus Steyn

Made in 1964

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CANADIANS CAN DANCE   

National Film Board of Canada

Duration: 21 minutes

First showing: 23rd January 1968

Final showing: 9th September 1971

From a festival of folk dances at the Canadian National Exhibition, a selection of dances by some of Canada's amateur groups.

 

Made in 1966

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CANTAGALLO   

A Rank Short Films Group presentation for B.P

Duration: 21 minutes

First showing: 29th March 1971

Final showing: 24th August 1973

Located between Milan and Rome in Italy is Cantagallo a busy motorway service station where we see a glimpse of everyday life in the hustle-bustle of the 1970s.

Produced by Ray Elton
Written and Directed by Jeff Inman
Music by Kenny Graham

Made in 1969

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THE CAPTIVE RIVER  

A Shell Film

Duration: 28 minutes

First showing: 9th November 1962

Final showing: 7th April 1970

A film about the building of the Kariba Dam, its effect on the people and animals of the Zambezi Valley, and the rescuing of the animals.

 

Made in 1960

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CASE HISTORY   

New Zealand Film Unit

Duration: 15 minutes

First showing: 4th March 1968

Final showing: 2nd May 1970

Apples galore!  A film about the growing, picking, processing, packing and exporting of New Zealand apples. 

 

 

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THE CATTLE CARTERS   

A BP/Greenpark Production

Duration: 28 minutes

First showing: 3rd May 1971

Final showing: 13th August 1973

The story of an Englishman named Wal Featherstone who travels to a town in Western Australia in the hope of finding a job. He meets up with a character called Brocky and their adventures begin….

Music composed by Don Banks
Played by The Sinfonia of London conducted by Marcus Dodds
Theme sung by Frank Ifield

Made in 1962

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THE CHOICE  

A Millbank production for I.C.I.

Duration: 25 minutes

First showing: 24th May 1971

Final showing: 21st August 1973

I.C.I. commissioned this thought-provoking documentary in the early 1970s which    examined our environment, and raised concerns about the preservation of a healthy, clean world in which to live.

Directed by Ronnie Whitehouse
Produced by Gordon Begg
Music by Johnny Scott

 

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CLEAN AIR  

A Shell Film

Duration: 21 minutes

First showing: 15th November 1962

Final showing: 16th March 1967

Deals with clean air, and the action taken to fight against smoke in big cities.

 

Made in 1962

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THE COACH TRAVELLERS  

A Shell Film

Duration: 20 minutes

First showing: 10th May 1967

Final showing: 9th September 1967

This film promotes travel by coach by showing a cross section of passengers who explain in their own words why they use this method of transport in preference to other.

 

Made in 1965

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COLOUR  

An I.C.I. Film

Duration: 13 minutes

First showing: 3rd April 1956  (Experimental BBC London Local Tests)

First showing: 7th July 1969   (Regular Transmissions)
Final showing: 31st December 1970
A film about various aspects of colour, its uses and impact on our interaction with the world in which we live.
 

 Made in 1947

 

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COLOURS SPEAK

Contemporary Films

Duration: 17 minutes

First showing: 30th December 1958  (Experimental BBC London Local Tests)

Final showing: 1st January 1959  

Only shown twice

 

 

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COLOUR TELEVISION  

A Mullard Film

Duration: 15 minutes

First showing: 4th December 1967

Final showing: 27th July 1968

TV manufacturer, Mullard, produced this film about the construction and technical aspects of assembling colour television sets as a forerunner to the more user friendly “It’s The Tube That Makes The Colour”. Not to be confused with “The Colour Receiver Installation Film” which was 12 minutes of animation narrated by Michael Aspel, and shown three times a day!

 

 

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THE CONTROLLERS 

A Central Office of Information Film

Duration: 25 minutes

First showing: 8th February 1964

Final showing: 18th April 1964

Looking at air traffic controllers in the control rooms at Prestwick and London airports, this shows the intricate workings of co-ordinating the movements of civil and military aircraft over Britain, as well as the emergency procedure used when an unscheduled landing is necessary.

Music by Wilfrid Josephs

Made in 1963

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COOL CUSTOM

British Electrical Development Association

Duration: 10 minutes

Shown: 13th January 1959   (Experimental BBC London Local Tests)

Only the one showing

A Cartoon showing the advantages of electric refrigerators in the kitchen

 

Made in 1956

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COUPE DES ALPES

A Shell Film

Duration: 36 minutes

First showing: 22nd  October 1959  (Experimental BBC London Local Tests)

Final showing: 7th November 1968

This film follows the progress of the 1958 Alpine Cup rally across southern Europe. It was scheduled to be the final Trade Test Colour Film ever shown at 3.30pm on Friday 24th August 1973.  But due to cricket coverage starting earlier at 3.05pm, that accolade went to 'Giuseppina' at 2.30pm instead.

Music by Malcolm Arnold

Made in 1958

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CRANWELL

A Central Office of Information Film

Duration: 27 minutes

First showing: 4th January 1964

Final showing: 6th April 1964

A film about the life and training of an air force cadet at the Royal Air Force College, Cranwell.

 

Made in 1961

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CROSSROADS OF CIVILISATION

A Shand Pictures Production

Duration: 19 minutes

First showing: 25th January 1971

Final showing: 20th August 1973

A Film about Cyprus.  Starting in 8000 BC at Khirikitia, the film tells the story of the history of the island to the present day, and traces the various civilisations that contributed to mould the Cypriot character.

 

Made in 1968

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CROWN OF GLASS

A Shell Film

Duration: 15 minutes

First showing: 11th April 1968

Final showing: 17th August 1973

The design and construction of Liverpool’s Roman Catholic Cathedral. The co-operation between artists ,John Piper and Patrick Reyntiens and the architect and engineer is shown, and also the use of an industrial epoxy resin to bond the glass.

Music by Misha Donat

Made in 1967

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THE DAIRY INDUSTRY

New Zealand Film Unit

Duration: 14 minutes

First showing: 15th November 1971

Final showing: 21st August 1973

A look at the dairy industry in New Zealand, showing the butter production and

the co-operative farming and milk production.

 

Made in 1970

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THE DANCING FLEECE

A Central Office Of Information Film.  Crown Film Unit

Duration: 15 minutes

First showing: 17th March 1959  (Experimental BBC London Local Tests)

Final showing: 19th March 1959 

Only shown twice

Film for the British wool industry in which cloth, ballet and music making are blended with the designing of clothes

 

Made in 1950

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DETERGENTS UP TO DATE

A Shell Film

Duration: 19 minutes

First showing: 22nd  August 1966

Final showing: 22nd August 1966   (only shown once)

The uses and advantages of modern synthetic detergents. The problems of foaming, and the scientific remedy proposed by further research.

 

Made in 1964

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DEVON - COUNTY FOR ALL SEASONS

Production by Westfilms of Bristol for the Devon Tourist Board

Duration: 22 minutes

First showing: 25th September 1972

Final showing: 21st August 1973

The county of Devon, with its variety of coastline and scenery, and its contrasting resorts and picturesque villages, quiet moorland and formal gardens.  A look at the attractions of the county of Devon for a holidaymaker.

 

Made in 1972

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DIAVOLEZZA

A BP Film

Duration: 13 minutes

First showing: 25th November 1958  (Experimental BBC London Local Tests)

Final showing: 11th May 1968

Following the work of a conductor on one of the cable cars of the cable railway in the Engadine, Switzerland.

Narrated By Bernard Miles

 

Made in 1958

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DIESEL TRAINRIDE

A British Transport Film

Duration: 10 minutes

First showing: 3rd October 1968

Final showing: 27th January 1969

A train ride through the English countryside, as seen through the forward windows of a diesel coach.

 

Made in 1959

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DISCOVERY OF A LANDSCAPE

A BBC film

Duration: 29 minutes

First showing: 18th March 1963

Final showing: 5th November 1963

 

 

 

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DIVERTIMENTO

Verity Films Production For BP

Duration: 7 minutes

First showing: 29th December 1969

Final showing: 20th August 1973

With the music, Divertimento for Flute, Oboe and Clarinet, by Malcolm Arnold, composed in 1952, the visual content of this film is explained only by the caption at the start: “To those seeking wider knowledge of the ways and uses of oil, the microscope reveals a world of beauty”. This film is also known as “Oil Under The Microscope”.

Music by Malcolm Arnold

Made in 1968

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DOWN TO THE SEA

A BBC film

Duration: 29 minutes

First showing: 2nd April 1963

Final showing: 24th November 1963

 

 

 

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A DREAM OF NORWAY

A British Transport Film

Duration: 18 minutes

First showing: 11th March 1968

Final showing: 3rd August 1968

With the music of  Edvard Grieg, this tour of the western fjords attempts to attract the British public to holiday in Norway

Commentary by Paul Le Saux

Made in 1961

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DURBAN DIARY

A South Africa Tourist Film. Made By Satour – South African Tourist Corp.

Duration: 10 minutes

First showing: 11th January 1956   (Experimental BBC London Local Tests)

Final showing: 3rd April 1958

A young woman recalls the highlights of a holiday in South Africa

Directed by Harold  C. Weaver

 

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ELECTRON MICROSCOPY

An AEI Film

Duration: 22 minutes

First showing: 13th January 1964

Final showing: 16th April 1964

This film shows the purpose and construction of an electron microscope, and a number of its uses in research and industry.

 

Made in 1961

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ELECTRONS IN HARNESS

Produced By Verity Films For Mullard

Duration: 50 minutes

First showing: 27th August 1965

Final showing: 2nd December 1965  (only shown twice)

A film showing the research into electronics at Mullard's factory.

Commentary by Michael Hordern
Directed by Michael Cons

Made in 1965

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THE EMPTY SEAT

A Random Film Production.  Sponsored by Shell-Mex and BP

Duration: 23 minutes

First showing: 22nd August 1966

Final showing: 23rd  August 1966  (only shown twice)

Three different types of driver reveal their faults to an invisible driving instructor.

A demonstration of safe driving and car care is given by the Metropolitan Police driving school at Hendon, and the offenders are seen applying these methods to their own driving.

Commentary by Robert Raglan

Made in 1965

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THE ENCHANTMENT OF CAPRI

An Aldolfo Pizzi Film

Duration: 18 minutes

First showing: 5th January 1970

Final showing: 27th November 1971

Showing the beauty of the island of Capri. 

 

 

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THE ENGLISH GARDEN

An ICI / Millbank Production

Duration: 21 minutes

First showing: 28th December 1968

Final showing: 6th March 1969

A film about the preparation of the gardening centre at Syon Park, Osterley, Middlesex described by Percy Thrower,  where Britain's first permanent horticultural exhibition was opened in June 1968. On display are large ranges of bulbs, plants, shrubs and gardening equipment and machinery.

 

Made in 1968

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EVENTFUL BRITAIN

A British Travel Association Film

Duration: 25 minutes

First showing: 25th March 1967

Final showing: 23rd August 1967

Reviews many of the events in the tourist's "calendar" in Britain - including Trooping the Colour, Henley, Cowes, Royal Tournament, Goodwood, Old Crocks Race and the Cup Final.

 

Made in 1954

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EVOLUON

A Carillon Film for Philips

Duration: 12 minutes

First showing: 17th February 1969

Final showing: 14th August 1973

A trip around the state of the art technological exhibition at Eindhoven in Holland.  Vocals and electronic sound effects take preference over any commentary, which isn’t really needed as the pictures speak for themselves

 

Made in 1968

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EXPO '70

Australian News & Information Film Unit

Duration: 10 minutes

First showing: 5th February 1973

Final showing: 14th August 1973

A look at the Expo '70 exhibition held in Osaka, Japan.

 

 

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FACES OF AUSTRALIA

A Josef Geesink Production For Caltex Petroleum

Duration: 27 minutes

First showing: 18th January 1971

Final showing: 16th August 1973

An Australian travelogue looking at life in modern Australia and at the people from many nations, cultures and backgrounds, who are creating a future for the development of the country.

 

 

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FISHERFOLK OF BOMBAY

A Burmah Shell Film / Art Films Of Asia

Duration: 19 minutes

First showing: 7th January 1964

Final showing: 11th April 1964

This film looks at life amongst the Kohli fishermen of Bombay. (A Film in the Folk Dances Of India Series).

 

Made in 1957

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A FLIGHT OF FANCY

Market Films / Film Centre International for BOAC

Duration: 6 minutes

First showing: 4th August 1969

Final showing: 23rd June 1972

A compilation of air-to-air sequences of a VC10 intercut with air-to-ground shots of a series of widely differing landscapes, suggesting an escape to a sunnier world!

 

Made in 1968

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FORTH BRIDGE

A Random Production for Shell-Mex / BP

Duration: 20 minutes

First showing: 11th March 1967

Final showing: 11th March 1967  (only shown twice)

A description of the building of the Forth Road Bridge, explaining the engineering principles involved, and the intricate work which had to be carried out in situ in all weathers.

Music by Wilfred Josephs
Commentary by Alec Clunes

Made in 1967

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FOUR MEN OF INDIA

A World Wide Picture for Unilever

Duration: 36 minutes

First showing: 3rd September 1968

Final showing: 29th March 1969

Four employees of the sponsor's associated company, Hindustan Lever, are seen living and working in the Rajasthan Desert, tropical Kerala, the Kulu Valley and Calcutta. Some of the country's customs are shown against the background of slowly advancing industry.

 

Made in 1967

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GENERAL EISENHOWER’S SECOND INAUGURATION

U.S.I.S. Universal.  Movietone

Duration: 36 minutes

First showing: 13th March 1957   (Experimental BBC London Local Tests)

Final showing: 7th March 1958

A review of the career of General Dwight D. Eisenhower, Supreme Commander of the Atlantic defence forces

Compiled by the U.S.I.S.

 

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GEORGIAN BALLET

A Plato Film from Hungary

Duration: 35 minutes

First showing: 27th January 1959  (Experimental BBC London Local Tests)

Final showing: 29th January 1959 

Only shown twice

Excerpts from Russian Ballets

 

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GIUSEPPINA

A James Hill production for BP

Duration: 28 minutes

First showing: 7th October 1968

Final showing: 24th August 1973  at 2.30pm, and in fact the very last Trade Test Colour Film ever shown

Probably second most popular of all trade test colour films, just pipped by it’s sister film, 'The Home-made Car', this is a delightful tale about a bored young Italian girl living through the summer at her father’s petrol station where daily life carries on without much excitement. Giuseppina sees people come and people go, and we eavesdrop on this quaint out-in-the-sticks service station and its comings and goings. For me,  the classic line comes towards the end of the day when Beppe, a local five year old boy ,stops and asks Signor Rossi to fill up his toy car. Giuseppina’s dad obliges and takes care and time over Beppe.  After he has gone Giuseppina turns to her dad and says “Why bother with Beppe, he’s only five, not a bit important?”  Signor Rossi turns to his daughter and says “Everyone is important Giuseppina……Everyone.” 

Antonia Scalari as Giuseppina
Giulio Marchetti as Signor Rossi
Associate Producer Massino Saraceni
Script / Direction by James Hill
Music by Jack Beaver

Made in 1959

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THE GOLD MINERS

A Film Of Africa Production

Duration: 21 minutes

First showing: 27th December 1968

Final showing: 2nd June 1969

 

 

 

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THE GOLDEN CRESCENT

A Rayant Picture.

Duration: 27 minutes

First showing: 7th September 1970

Final showing: 30th December 1970

A film about modern and ancient Turkey showing the impression made by man on the landscape.

 

Made in 1960

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THE GRASS GROWERS

New Zealand Film Unit

Duration: 11 minutes

First showing: 17th August 1970

Final showing: 22nd August 1973

New Zealand farmers are basically grass growers who produce 90% of their country 's exports. This film shows how four farmers make the best use of their land.

 

Made in 1969

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THE GROWING FLAME

A Shell Film

Duration: 10 minutes

First showing: 19th March 1968

Final showing: 16th August 1969

The research and development of the technique of carbon dioxide enrichment in market gardening.

 

Made in 1965

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HANDLE WITH CARE

A Shell Film

Duration: 23 minutes

First showing: 12th March 1963

Final showing: 20th November 1963

This film demonstrates the importance of packaging. Following a packing case on a difficult voyage from the factory to the docks, across the ocean, on to a river steamer and travelling across mountain tracks.

Directed by Geoffrey Hughes.

Made in 1952

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THE HEART IS HIGHLAND

A British Transport Film

Duration: 20 minutes

First showing: 17th February 1959  (Experimental BBC London Local Tests)

Final showing: 11th April 1964

This classic British Transport film shows the lives of the people of the Highlands of Scotland, linking present developments in industry, agriculture and transport with the country's past.

 

Made in 1952

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HIGHLAND PLAYGROUND

A British Traveller’s Association Film 

Duration: 11 minutes

First showing: 31st March 1969

Final showing: 9th August 1973

Two films showcasing the Scottish Highlands were made at much the same time:  'Highland Playground' and 'Highlands in the Sun'. 'Highland Playground' is a more dynamic film, set in and around the ski resort of Aviemore.

 

Made in 1968

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HIGHLANDS IN THE SUN

A British Traveller’s Association Film 

Duration: 11 minutes

First showing: 5th May 1969

Final showing: 17th August 1973

Two films showcasing the Scottish Highlands were made at much the same time:  'Highland Playground' and 'Highlands in the Sun'. 'Highlands in the Sun' takes a relaxed  “Scottish heritage” look at the great outdoors and the various sporting facilities available in the Cairngorms.

 

Made in 1968

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HOLD BACK THE SEA

A Royal Dutch Shell Film 

Duration: 28 minutes

First showing: 7th January 1964

Final showing: 6th April 1964

This film is about the natural and man-made forces that have shaped the Netherland's coastline.

 

Made in 1960

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THE HOME-MADE CAR

A James Hill production for BP

Duration: 28 minutes

First showing: 28th August 1963

Final showing: 23rd August 1973

Probably the best-known and much-loved of all the trade test colour films, this

delightful half-hour film is about the assembly of a Bull Nosed Morris. Ron Grainer’s musical adaptation of his tune, 'Mexican Marmalade', meanders through the whole film without any need for commentary. This simple little story is a real gem.

Starring Ronald Chudley, Caroline Mortimer, Alice Bowes as Auntie and Sandra Leo as the little girl.

Production Manager Angela Levy

Script / Direction James Hill

Music by Ron Grainer

Made in 1963

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HOOK, LINE AND SINKER

An Esso Film

Duration: 19 minutes

First showing: 22nd January 1964

Final showing: 3rd June 1969

This documentary film covers the maiden voyage of the 'Glenstruan', a great line fishing vessel from Aberdeen, to within the Arctic Circle and back again

 

Made in 1959

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HOW A MOTOR CAR WORKS: Part 1 - The Engine

An Shell Film

Duration: 16 minutes

First showing: 18th February 1962  (Experimental BBC London Local Tests)

First showing: 27th January 1968   (Regular Transmissions)

Final showing: 14th August 1973

The ultimate mechanical industrial short documentary! Note that Part Three of this film, 'A Question Of Springing, was also shown.

 

Made in 1961

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THE HYDRAULIC TRANSMISSION OF POWER

A Random Production for Shell-Mex and BP

Duration: 28 minutes

First showing: 25th March 1964

Final showing: 21st April 1967

The history and development of both hydrostatic and hydrokinetic systems from 1790 to the present day, explaining how they work, and giving examples of the uses to which they can be put.

 

Made in 1963

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IMPRESSIONS OF...EXPO '67

National Film Board Of Canada

Duration: 8 minutes

First showing: 26th April 1968

Final showing: 29th July 1971

The exhibition held in Toronto, Canada.

 

Made in 1967

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IT'S THE TUBE THAT MAKES THE COLOUR

A Mullard Film

Duration: 18 minutes

First showing: 6th May 1968

Final showing: 22nd August 1973

This was the film that replaced Mullard’s “Colour Television”. It provided a more user-friendly look into the manufacture of colour television sets.

 

Made in 1968

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JAMAICA - NO PLACE LIKE HOME

Jamaica Tourist Board

Duration: 16 minutes

First showing: 9th February 1970

Final showing: 26th March 1970

Travelogue on Jamaica.

 

 

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JAPAN - SEASON BY SEASON

Japan Tourist Film Organisation

Duration: 28 minutes

First showing: 21st November 1968

Final showing: 7th August 1969

A travelogue.

 

Made in 1968

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JAPAN - THE BEAUTIFUL

A Shohiku Company Production

Duration: 27 minutes

First showing: 1st March 1971

Final showing: 15th December 1971

Festivals, customs and daily life in modern Japan.

 

Made In 1965

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JOLIFOU INN

National Film Board Of Canada

Duration: 11 minutes

Shown: 24th April 1957   (Experimental BBC London Local Tests)

Only the one showing

The paintings of Cornelius Krieghoff, Canadian artist of the Nineteenth Century.

 

Made in 1955

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JOURNEY INTO HISTORY

A British Transport Film

Duration: 11 minutes

First showing: 9th January 1957  (Experimental BBC London Local Tests)

Final showing: 26th November 1963

This film explores the world of 18th century England, as seen through visits to art galleries, museums and old houses in and around London.

Musical score by Sir Arnold Bax, played by the Philharmonia Orchestra.

Made In 1952

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A JOURNEY INTO THE WEALD OF KENT

A Random Film Production for National Benzole

Duration: 21 minutes

First showing: 18th October 1960  (Experimental BBC London Local Tests)

Final showing: 24th August 1973

Sir John Betjeman narrates this and its sister film Beauty In Trust with his usual intimate style. A wonderful meander through the hop fields of Kent. Some of the places visited include: 

Wrotham Hill

Marden

Smarden

Benenden

Nettlestead

Sissinghurst Castle

Bayham Abbey

Music by Elisabeth Lutyens

Made In 1959

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THE KASHMIR STORY

An Associated British Pathe Film

Duration: 13 minutes

First showing: 29th March 1957  (Experimental BBC London Local Tests)

Final showing: 5th April 1957

The invasion of Kashmir in September, 1947

 

Made in 1948

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KERMESSE FANTASTIQUE

A Philips Film produced by Joop Geesink’s Film Produktie Dollywood

Duration: 10 minutes

First showing: 4th October 1969

Final showing: 8th December 1970

A clay-model stop-frame animation film. The central character sits alone in a room

listening to a radio broadcast of a piece of music called ‘Kermesse Fantastique’

He is transported by the music to the fantastic funfair itself, where he literally has a roller-coaster, helter-skelter adventure.

Music by Georges Auric’s Les Six.

Made In 1951

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L FOR LOGIC

A Central Office of Information Film

Duration: 13 minutes

First showing: 24th July 1973

Final showing: 7th August 1973

A film about the UK Driving Test.

 

Made in 1972

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LA COTE D'HIVER

Production details unknown

Duration: 15 minutes

First showing: 23rd September 1968

Final showing: 7th November 1968

'The coast in winter'- a trip along the French Riviera.

 

 

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LAND OF THE SUN RETURNING

A Unicorn Production

Duration: 27 minutes

First showing: 13th September 1971

Final showing: 7th August 1973

A film about the Philippines.

 

 

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LAND RECLAMATION

A BP / Shell Mex Film. A Random Production

Duration: 22 minutes

First showing: 22nd August 1966

Final showing: 20th July 1972

How new techniques are enabling farmers to reclaim farm land which nature has encroached.

 

Made in 1959

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LIGHT

A film by Hattum Hoving for Philips.  Production  Multifilm,  Holland

Duration: 16 minutes

First showing: 10th April 1972

Final showing: 20th August 1973

Opening with Haydn’s 'Creation', this film explores the many forms of light and its uses, including sunlight, artificial lights and laser beams, and its effect on everyday living.

 

Made in 1970

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LONDON'S COUNTRY

A British Transport Film

Duration: 20 minutes

First showing: 16th January 1964

Final showing: 27th March 1964

Showing Londoner’s recreation in the home counties, featuring archery at Sevenoaks, riding at Knole park, morris dancing at Westerham and a look in the Rochester Dickens' houses.

 

Made in 1954

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LURE OF THE BAHAMAS

A Sound Magic Production

Duration: 27 minutes

First showing: 28th October 1968

Final showing: 24th March 1969

This film shows the tourist attractions on Nassau, the capital city of the Bahamas and its resort islands.

 

Made in 1966

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MACHINES ON THE FARM

A Shell Mex / BP Film

Duration: 29 minutes

First showing: 10th November 1962

Final showing: 17th April 1967

This film highlights the development and uses of modern farm machinery.

 

Made in 1961

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MAZOWSZE

Films Of Poland

Duration: 25 minutes

First showing: 6th January 1959  (Experimental BBC London Local Tests)

Final showing: 8th January 1959  

Only shown twice

A selection of Polish Folk Dances and songs by students

 

Made in 1953

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MOUNTAINS AND FJORDS

A British Transport Film

Duration: 22 minutes

First showing: 7th November1956  (Experimental BBC London Local Tests)

Final showing: 30th November 1956

Train journey through Bergen and around the fjords by the Flam Railway

 

Made in 1955

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MOUNTAIN ROAD

A Central Office of Information Film

Duration: 25 minutes

First showing: 11th July 1967

Final showing: 13th July 1967  (only shown twice)

Produced as an aid to the recruitment of officers for the Women's Royal Army Corps, this film tells the story of a young WRAC officer faced with a dramatic situation.

 

Made in 1962

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MULTIPLICITY

A Crawley Film Production

Duration: 26 minutes

First showing: 4th January 1972

Final showing: 22nd August 1973

Transport by rail, road, sea and air across the length and breadth of Canada. A film showing the activities of the Canadian Pacific Railway.

Music by Larry Crosley

Made in 1969

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NETWORK

An AEI. Film

Duration: 28 minutes

First showing: 4th January 1964

Final showing: 17th June 1968

A film about telecommunication and shipping - how the world network of radio, telephone and teleprinter serves a ship in need of engine replacements.

 

Made in 1962

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NEWSPAPER RUN

A BP / Rayant Pictures Production

Duration: 19 minutes

First showing: 21st January 1964

Final showing: 10th April 1964

This film shows how aircraft are used for the transportation of newspapers in Sweden from Stockholm to the frozen north.

 

Made in 1961

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A NIGHT IN THE SPINNING ROOM
A Plato Film from Hungary
Duration: 10 minutes
First showing: 20th January 1959  (Experimental BBC London Local Tests)
Final showing: 22nd January 1959 
Only shown twice
 
 

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NO CLAIMS BONUS

A Central Office of Information (CCI) Film

Duration: 5 minutes

First showing: 9th December 1966

Final showing: 25th January 1967

Only shown twice

The work and purpose of the V-bomber force.  Commentary by Gary Watson

Made in 1963

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THE NORTH SEA QUEST

A BP Film

Duration: 16 minutes

First showing: 17th November 1969

Final showing: 24th August 1973

The North Sea and its pioneers who made the first gas explorations, sometimes against all odds. A tribute to the rig, “Sea Gem”, which capsized in 1965.

 

Made in 1967

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NORTH WEST 200

A Random Production for the Irish Tourist Board, Shell-Mex and BP

Duration: 13 minutes

First showing: 31st March 1967

Final showing: 24th November 1967

The 1958 motor cycle road races in Ulster.

 

Made in 1958

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OFF THE BEATEN TRACK

A British Transport Film

Duration: 17 minutes

First showing: 10th July 1967

Final showing: 10th July 1967 (only shown once)

This film shows the way British Railways cater for Youth Hostel tourists.

Music by Elisabeth Lutyens
Commentary by Paul Le Saux

Made in 1960

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OIL IN PAKISTAN

A Rayant Picture.  The Burmah Oil Company

Duration: 20 minutes

Excerpt shown: 15th March 1957   (Experimental BBC London Local Tests)

Only the one showing

Prospecting for oil in Pakistan by geological methods, seismic and gravitimetric methods; the discovery and exploitation of the Sui natural gas field

 

Made in 1956

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OIL UNDERGROUND

A Shell Film

Duration: 17 minutes

First showing: 1st December 1961  (Experimental BBC London Local Tests)

First showing: 10th May 1967   (Regular Transmissions)

Final showing: 22nd August 1973

This oil exploration film shows how a reservoir engineer obtains the maximum production of oil in the most economical way.

 

Made in 1960

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OMNIBUS (FOR ALL)

A British Transport Film

Duration: 18 minutes

First showing: 5th July 1967

Final showing: 27th November 1967

For the benefit of the bus and coach industry, architects and town planners, this film tours the whole country seeking out ways of improving traffic congestion and improving public transport systems.

Music by Kenneth V. Jones

Made in 1963

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ON THE SAFE SIDE

An Atomic Energy Association Film  (UKAEA)

Duration: 18 minutes

First showing: 1st May 1968

Final showing: 17th July 1973

A film showing the safety precautions undertaken at a UK power station.

 

Made in 1967

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ONE JUMP AHEAD

A GPO / Littleton Park Production

Duration: 9 minutes

First showing: 3rd April 1970

Final showing: 15th August 1973

A film about technology in Britain’s postal service.  It shows how electronically controlled machines have been developed to segregate the different classes of mail, and send them ready for dispatch to their destination, as demonstrated at the Norwich GPO. The new concept of postal coding is explained, and how the use of these codes enables machines to speed up the handling of letters.

Music by Edwin Astley

Made in 1967

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THE OPEN WINDOW

A Central Office Of Information Film

Duration: 15 minutes

First showing: 10th February 1959  (Experimental BBC London Local Tests)

Final showing: 12th February 1959 

Only shown twice

 

 

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ORAONS OF BIHAR

A Burmah Shell Film / Art Films Of Asia

Duration: 16 minutes

First showing: 18th January 1964

Final showing: 17th April 1964

This film follows the daily life, work, festivals, and traditional dances of the Oraon tribe, one of the aboriginal peoples from the Bihar State of India. (A film in the Folk Dances Of India series).

 

Made in 1958

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OUR NATIVE SHORE

An Esso Film

Duration: 28 minutes

First showing: 13th January 1964

Final showing: 7th April 1964

This film shows some scenery, traditions, life and activities along the coastline of Great Britain.

 

Made in 1956

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OVERHAUL

A British Transport Film

Duration: 16 minutes

First showing: 10th January 1964

Final showing: 1st December 1967

A guided tour of the once famous Aldenham bus overhaul works of London Transport in the 1950s.  A real enthusiasts film!

Music by Kenneth V. Jones

Made in 1957

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PAINT

A Shell Film

Duration: 25 minutes

First showing: 7th February 1968

Final showing: 23rd August 1973

Painting techniques are illustrated musically, imitations of ancient instruments for Egyptian art, pentatonic harmony for Japanese lacquerware and an 18th Century

pastiche for an elaborately decorated harpsichord. Sit back and watch it all dry!

Music by Donald Fraser
Commentary by Gary Watson

Made in 1967

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PAN-TELE-TRON

A Philips Film

Duration: 10 minutes

First showing: 6th March 1970

Final showing: 17th August 1973

A Pearl & Dean Cartoon about telecommunications.

Music by Frank Cordell

Made in 1957

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A PEACEFUL REVOLUTION

An AEI Film

Duration: 26 minutes

First showing: 8th January 1964

Final showing: 12th March 1971

New life and ways in India, showing developments in industry and agriculture.

 

Made in 1961

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PEASANT ISLAND

A Cadbury Brothers Film

Duration: ?? minutes

First showing: 3rd April1956   (Experimental BBC London Local Tests)

Final showing: 14th December 1956

Showing peasant life and the almond crop in Sicily

 

Made in 1940

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PEMBROKESHIRE - MY COUNTY

An Esso Film

Duration: 26 minutes

First showing: 16th January 1964

Final showing: 16th February 1968

A tour of Pembrokeshire, capturing the Preseley Hills, St. David's Cathedral, Caldy Island and sea birds in the nature reserves.

Narrated By Hywel Davies

Made in 1960

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PEOPLE + LEISURE =

A Film in “Our National Heritage” series.
A Pilot Films Production for National Benzole Shell Mex / BP

Duration: 29 minutes

First showing: 18th June 1973

Final showing: 8th August 1973

How people cope with more leisure time and the environment.

 

Made in 1968

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THE PHOENIX TOWER

A BICC / CAS Production

Duration: 39 minutes

First showing: 18th March 1958   (Experimental BBC London Local Tests)

First showing: 14th March 1964   (1964 transmission)

Final showing: 13th April 1964

The preparation and erection of the television tower on the old Crystal Palace site. An example of a high building of steel.

 

Made in 1957

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PICCOLO, SAXO AND COMPANY

A Philips Film / Joop Geesink’s Dollywood Production Unit

Duration: 14 minutes

First showing: 14th April 1964

Final showing: 26th August  1965

A puppet film illustrating the instruments of the orchestra.

 

Made in 1959

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A PLACE TO LIVE

A Swedish Institute Film

Duration: 18 minutes

First showing: 1st June 1970

Final showing: 22nd January 1971

A portrait of Sweden and its architecture.

Music by Bo Nilsson

 

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POWER BOAT '66

A BP Film

Duration: 23 minutes

First showing: 12th August 1968

Final showing: 13th May 1970

The 1966 Daily Express International Offshore Power Boat Race in the Solent.

 

Made in 1966

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THE POWER TO FLY

A Shell Film

Duration: 20 minutes

First showing:  7th October 1958   (Experimental BBC London Local Tests)

Final showing: 22nd June 1967

A Hallas & Batchelor Animation telling the story of aviation from Daedalus to jets.

 

Made in 1954

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THE POWER WE NEED

The National Coal Board Film Unit

Duration: 13 minutes

First showing: 17th January 1964

Final showing: 13th April 1964

This film looks at the economic future of the coal industry in relation to other sources of power. It includes footage of Beverscotes Colliery, Nottinghamshire.

 

Made in 1963

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THE PROMISE OF PAKISTAN

A Rayant Picture for Caltex

Duration: 27 minutes

First showing: 2nd November 1970

Final showing: 30th March 1971

An outline of ancient and modern Pakistan showing its economic, social life and customs.

Commentary by Deryck Guyler

Made in 1965

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PROSPECT FOR PLASTICS

A Shell Film

Duration: 28 minutes

First showing: 8th August 1963

Final showing: 7th November 1972

Industrial film documentary about the influence of plastics on our lives.

Music by Stanley Myers

Commentary by Gordon Henry Davies

Made in 1962

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A QUESTION OF SPRINGING

A Shell Film

Duration: 17 minutes

First showing: 1st March 1962   (Experimental BBC London Local Tests)

Final showing: 1st March 1967

Sister film to 'How a Motor Car Works', examining suspension springing in motor vehicles.

 

Made in 1961

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A QUESTIONING CITY

A British Travel Association Film

Duration: 21 minutes

First showing: 9th  November 1962

Final showing: 12th April 1967

The two faces of Cambridge, the city of beauty and ancient tradition and the home of the questioning scientific spirit.

Commentary spoken by Sir Michael Redgrave

Made in 1959

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RIDE THE WHITE HORSES

A Ford Film Unit Production

Duration: 25 minutes

First showing: 3rd August 1970

Final showing: 21st August 1973

The 1969 powerboat race around the coast of Britain.

Music by Jeff  Wayne

Made in 1969

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THE RIGHT LINE

A BP Film for RHR Productions

Duration: 26 minutes

First showing: 8th January 1964

Final showing: 9th April 1964

An introduction to the sport of motor-cycle racing with Bob MacIntyre, along with scenes of trials and road racing.

 

Made in 1961

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RISK

A World Wide Pictures Production on behalf of the Stenhouse Group

Duration: 14 minutes

First showing: 25th April 1969

Final showing: 25th November 1971

A film showing the scope of international insurance broking: the ever-present risks to which human and animal life is subject, and how insurance can compensate when these risks become reality.

Commentary by John Westbrook

Made in 1966

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THE RIVAL WORLD

A Shell Film

Duration: 24 minutes

First showing: 21st January 1958   (Experimental BBC London Local Tests)

Final showing: 21st August 1967

Depicts the human struggle against hunger and sickness. Insects outnumber man by 50 million to one and are man's rival for food. Man has interfered with the balance of nature and now can only come to terms with his rivals by using organised scientific methods of control. Examples are drawn from many parts of the world, including the desert locust in East Africa and the use of aircraft against them.

Music by James Stevens

Made in 1955

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ROADS TO ROAM

New Zealand Film Unit

Duration: 13 minutes

First showing: 18th March 1968

Final showing: 15th August 1973

A film showing the development of transport systems in New Zealand.

 

Made in 1967

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ROSEWORLD '71

New Zealand Film Unit

Duration: 10 minutes

First showing: 3rd July 1973

Final showing: 20th August 1973

A film about the World's first Rose Convention held in Hamilton, New Zealand in 1971. 

 

Made in 1971

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ROUTEBURN

New Zealand Film Unit

Duration: 10 minutes

First showing: 8th January 1973

Final showing: 21st August 1973

This film follows walkers making the Route Burn walk around New Zealand's National Park territory in just three days. 

 

Made in 1972

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ROUTE DES CIMES

A  B.P. Film

Duration: 20 minutes

First showing: 28th October 1958   (Experimental BBC London Local Tests)

Final showing: 31st October 1961

A Film from France showing the daily transportation of 2,500 gallons of fuel from Chambery to a small village in the Val D’Isere (Haute Savoie)

English Commentary by James Cameron.

Produced & Directed by Jean-Jacques Languepin

Cinecim, France

 

Made In 1957

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ROYAL RIVER

National Film Board of Canada

Duration: 17 minutes

First showing: 30th March 1967

Final showing: 23rd November 1967

A documentary describing a trip made by Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip in the Royal Yacht, Britannia, upstream along Canada's St. Lawrence Seaway, to mark its official opening in 1959. The full documentary had a duration of over 29 minutes, a second, shorter version also existed, and it was the latter that was used as a trade test colour film.

 

Made in 1959

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RUN AWAY TO SEA

An Athos Film Production

Duration: 22 minutes

First showing: 27th December 1968

Final showing: 8th September 1970

A fantasy P & O cruise on the Canberra.

Music by Christopher Gunning

Made in 1968

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RURAL AREAS

A Shell Film

Duration: 23 minutes

First showing: 24th November 1965

Final showing: 24th November 1965  (only shown once)

 

 

 

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SCENES FROM NIGERIA

 

Duration: 8 minutes

First showing: 13th February 1957   (Experimental BBC London Local Tests)

Final showing: 22nd  February 1957

Photography By Gerald Bowley

Editor K MacGregor

 

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SCHLIEREN

A Shell Film

Duration: 18 minutes

First showing: 31st May 1963

Final showing: 31st May 1963  (only shown twice)

An explanation of Schlieren photography, which makes any phenomenon that changes the refractive index of transparent substances visible. It is used for photographing shock-waves around aircraft models in wind tunnels.

Directed by Peter De Normanville

Made in 1958

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THE SEA OF TRIESTE

A film from Italy

Duration: 15 minutes

First showing: 23rd March 1970

Final showing: 6th January 1972

 

 

 

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SEPTEMBER SPRING

A World Wide Picture for BP

Duration: 18 minutes

First showing: 22nd August 1966

Final showing: 22nd March 1967

The half-completed Snowy Mountain scheme in New South Wales and Victoria is a twenty-five year project to harness the waste waters of the mountains for hydro-electric power and irrigation of the barren interior. The transformation of this Australian landscape is described.

 

Made in 1954

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SEVERN WESTWARD

An SCF / BBC  Production

Duration: 25 minutes

First showing: 6th November 1962

Final showing: 27th November 1963

 

 

 

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THE SHADOW OF PROGRESS

A BP / Greenpark Production

Duration: 24 minutes

First showing: 22nd February 1971

Final showing: 23rd August 1973

In meeting the demands for a richer and fuller life, technology has polluted and destroyed much of the environment. This film illustrates this paradox and indicates some of the possible solutions.

Music by Wilfred Josephs

Made in 1970

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SKANDERBEG

A Plato Film from U.S.S.R.

Duration: 15 minutes

Shown: 15th August 1959   (Experimental BBC London Local Tests)

Only the one showing

 

 

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SKYHOOK

A BP / James Hill Production

Duration: 17 minutes

First showing: 25th November 1958  (Experimental BBC London Local Tests)

Final showing: 4th October 1971

A film about the use of helicopters to transport an oil-drilling rig to a prospecting site deep in the Papua New Guinea jungle.

Music by Jack Beaver

Commentary by Bernard Braden

Made in 1958

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THE SMALL PROPELLER

A BP Film

Duration: 22 minutes

First showing: 2nd December 1967

Final showing: 23rd August 1973

This film looks at motor boats around the world, and their various uses for transport in Venice, speed and surfing in Australia, pleasure in Stockholm and carrying medical supplies in Singapore.

Music by Johnny Hawksworth

Made in 1967

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SMALL SMOKE AT BLAZE CREEK

National Film Board Of Canada

Duration: 9 minutes

First showing: 11th September 1972

Final showing: 23rd August 1973

The Canadian National Forestry Service tells the story of the fight to contain a forest fire in British Columbia.

 

Made in 1971

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SNOFARI

New Zealand Film Unit

Duration: 17 minutes

First showing: 24th August 1969

Final showing: 18th June 1970

An Australian girl’s holiday in Queenstown and the New Zealand Alps.

 

Made in 1969

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SOMETHING NICE TO EAT

A Gas Council Film

Duration: 20 minutes

First showing: 6th July 1970

Final showing: 23rd May 1973

This film shows that luxurious cooking by experts can be achieved by everyone.

Featuring model, Jean Shrimpton

Music by Johnny Hawksworth

Made in 1967

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SONG OF THE CLOUDS

A Shell Film

Duration: 32 minutes

First showing: 2nd  December 1957   (Experimental BBC London Local Tests)

Final showing: 25th March 1967

This film stresses the "internationalism" of the air. It shows airport activities in all parts of the world and co-operation between countries to ensure the comfort and safety of passengers.

Music by Richard Rodney Bennett

Made in 1957

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SOUTH AFRICA’S GAME PARKS

A South Africa Tourist Film. Made By Satour – South African Tourist Corp.

Duration: 10 minutes

First showing: 5th April1956  (Experimental BBC London Local Tests)

Final showing: 25th March 1957

Wild animals in South Africa’s parks and reserves

Directed by Harold  C. Weaver

 

Made in 1955

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SOUVENIRS FROM SWEDEN

Swedish Institute Film

Duration: 21 minutes

First showing: 27th April 1970

Final showing: 14th August 1973

A film centered on an Englishman named Harry Fenton who has been enjoying a year’s stay living in Sweden. He wanders around a gift shop in Stockholm seeking something to take back, and this brings back memories of some of the places he has visited, and we are treated to a tour around this part of Scandinavia.

Narrated by David Hohneh

Music by Bengt Hallberg

Made in 1960

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THE SPLENDID DOMAIN

National Film Board Of Canada

Duration: 28 minutes

First showing: 13th February 1968

Final showing: 12th August 1971

A film about Canada.

 

Made in 1965

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SPRING IN COLOR

A Philips / Uniefilm Production

Duration: 5 minutes

First showing: 17th February 1969

Final showing: 5th June 1972

Blooming flowers in colour!  A visual and musical delight! A look around the Keukenhof Gardens in Holland.

 

 

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STORY IN THE ROCKS

A Shell Film made for the Royal Dutch Shell Group

Duration: 18 minutes

First showing: 2nd December 1967

Final showing: 23rd January 1971

The study of fossils, palaeontology is the theme of this fascinating short industry film as it explores the six main periods of time – Carboniferous, Triassic, Jurassic, Cretacious, Tertiary and Ice Ages.

Music by Jan Masseus

Written and Directed by Han Van Gelder

Producer Bert Haanstra

 

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STUDY IN STEEL

A Worldwide Picture for the British Steel Corporation

Duration: 26 minutes

First showing: 14th October 1969

Final showing: 22nd August 1973

The latest production methods in steel making are described, together with the basic chemical changes which take place in the transition from iron ore to steel. Special steels and the use of automation for production control, chemical analysis etc. are seen.

Music by Tony Osborne

Made in 1968

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SURF BEACH

An Australian Film Unit Production

Duration: 17 minutes

First showing: 26th July 1971

Final showing: 10th August 1973

This film shows surf riding, the work of lifesavers and a surf lifesavers' carnival in Sydney.

Music by Laurie Lewes

Made in 1965

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SURF BOATS OF ACCRA

A Unilever Film

Duration: 15 minutes

First showing: 11th January 1964

Final showing: 18th April 1964

Before the new harbours of Tema and Takoradi were built, this film shows the lighter age of cargoes by surf boat.

Commentary by John Westbrook

Made in 1958

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THE TIDE OF TRAFFIC

A BP / Greenpark Production

Duration: 27 minutes

First showing: 8th January 1973

Final showing: 15th August 1973

A grim picture is portrayed in this documentary sister film to the 'Shadow of Progress', looking at excess traffic in cities over the world. It traces the way in which urban and rural traffic, with its continual demand for greater amounts of road space, has increased. The film was made as a contribution to the United Nations Conference on Human Environment, held in Stockholm in 1972.

Music by Humphrey Searle

Written and directed by Derek Williams

Made in 1972

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TOE HOLD ON A HARBOUR

New Zealand Film Unit

Duration: 10 minutes

First showing: 27th January 1968

Final showing: 14th December 1968

This film gives a colourful impression of Wellington city, its hills, its winding streets, its busy people and strong winds.

 

Made in 1966

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TRADERS IN LEATHER

A Unilever Film

Duration: 13 minutes

First showing: 9th January 1964

Final showing: 30th March 1964

This films looks at the life of leather traders in Northern Nigeria, their craft, the people and the export trade.

 

Made in 1957

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TRANS-CANADA JOURNEY

National Film Board Of Canada

Duration: 28 minutes

First showing: 9th May 1968

Final showing: 20th January 1971

A travelogue aimed at giving an impression of the size and nature of Canada.

Music by Robert Fleming

Commentary by Christopher Plummer

Made in 1962

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TRANSPORT ABILITY

A United Kingdom Atomic Energy Association Film   (UKAEA)

Duration: 18 minutes

First showing: 7th October 1969

Final showing: 16th August 1973

A film showing the transport of spent nuclear fuel to Britain, including the first shipment across the Atlantic from Canada.

 

Made in 1967

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TRAWLER BOY

A Shell-Mex / BP Film

Duration: 27 minutes

First showing: 9th May 1957  (Experimental BBC London Local Tests)

Final showing: 28th March 1967

This film shows life on the modern diesel trawler from the viewpoint of the junior deckhand on a Fleetwood trawler. It aims to recruit youngsters to the fishing industry.

 

Made in 1956

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TRE FILI FINO A MILANO  (THREE CABLES TO MILAN)

Edison Volta Production

Duration: 18 minutes

Shown: 21st December 1960   (Experimental BBC London Local Tests)

Only the one showing

A Documentary which shows workmen erecting one of the pylons and stringing up three cables that will eventually reach Milan

 

Made in 1959

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THE TWILIGHT FOREST

A Unilever Film

Duration: 25 minutes

First showing: 10th January 1964

Final showing: 10th April 1964

This film tells the story of an industrial enterprise which showed for the first time how the forest resources of Nigeria and Ghana could be used.

Commentary by John Westbrook

Made in 1957

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UNDERWATER SEARCH - 1

A Shell Film

Duration: 20 minutes

First showing: 22nd August 1966

Final showing: 12th April 1967

This film, in two parts, usually shown consecutively, shows Shell’s worldwide activities and achievements in offshore exploration and production of oil. The future possibilities of rig anchorage, direct loading of tankers at sea and underwater working at great depths by men and robots are also shown.

 

Made in 1965

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UNDERWATER SEARCH - 2

A Shell Film

Duration: 20 minutes

First showing: 22nd August 1966

Final showing: 12th April 1967

This film, in two parts, usually shown consecutively, shows Shell’s worldwide activities and achievements in offshore exploration and production of oil. The future possibilities of rig anchorage, direct loading of tankers at sea and underwater working at great depths by men and robots are also shown.

 

Made in 1965

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THE UNSPOILT LAND

New Zealand Film Unit

Duration: 18 minutes

First showing: 22nd January 1973

Final showing: 15th August 1973

New Zealand's ten National Parks cover 5 million acres, one thirteenth of the land area of the country. This area offers facilities to skiers, mountain climbers, trampers, swimmers and boating enthusiastists. We join an open-top car journey viewing the contrasts between high-speed modern life and the timeless natural landscape.

Music by Brian Hands

Made in 1972

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THE VANISHING COAST

A Film in 'Our National Heritage' series
A Pilot Films Production for National Benzole Shell Mex / BP

Duration: 27 minutes

First showing: 9th December 1968

Final showing: 14th December 1971

A fascinating study of the 3,000 miles of British coastline in co-operation with the National Trust, highlighting the likely coastal decline in years to come.

Narration written by James Cameron

Spoken by Stephen Murray

Music by James Harpham

Conducted by Muir Mathieson

Produced and Directed by John Taylor.

Made in 1965

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VIEW OF MIDDLEHARNIS

A Multifilm Production for Royal Dutch Shell

Duration: 20 minutes

First showing: 13th March 1963

Final showing: 23rd November 1963

The rebuilding of burst dykes on the island of Goeree Overflakkee in the Netherlands.

 

Made in 1954

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VILLA "MON REVE"

Films Pierre Remont

Duration: 13 minutes

First showing: 26th August 1968

Final showing: 27th December 1969

A humourous cartoon from France entitled  “My Dream House”, telling the misadventures of a French middle-class family that decide to buy a cottage.

 

Made in 1961

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WELSH WELCOME

A British Travellers’ Association Film, Telstar Productions

Duration: 15 minutes

First showing: 26th October 1970

Final showing: 29th October 1971

An introduction to Wales, featuring its tourist attractions.

 

Made in 1970

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WEST OF ENGLAND

Central Office Of Information Film.  A Greenpark Production

Duration: 10 minutes

First showing: 28th October 1958  (Experimental BBC London Local Tests)

Final showing: 4th November 1958 

Only shown twice

The people, the scenery and the industrial traditions of the Stroud Valley and the growth of the woolen industry

 

Made in 1951

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WE'VE COME A LONG WAY

A BP Film
A Hallas and Batchelor cartoon

Duration: 10 minutes

First showing: 6th March 1958  (Experimental BBC London Local Tests)

First showing: 11th May 1970   (Regular Transmissions)

Final showing: 16th August 1973

A cartoon tracing the development of oil tankers.

Music by Matyas Seiber

Made in 1951

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THE YOUNG GIANT KAINGAROA

New Zealand Film Unit

Duration: 18 minutes

First showing: 11th March 1968

Final showing: 10th April 1968

The story of Kaingaroa forest, the largest man-made forest in the Southern hemisphere.

 

Made in 1960

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THE YOUNG LEAVES

Sonora Films

Duration: 8 minutes

First showing: 5th January 1960  (Experimental BBC London Local Tests)

Final showing: 10th August 1962

Assembled from material shot mainly by Japanese film makers in Japan, the film illustrates how Japanese art has celebrated man’s intimacy with nature

 

 

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THE YOUTHFUL MARCH OF KOREA

A National Film Centre Production

Duration: 21 minutes

First showing: 11th December 1969

Final showing: 6th February 1970

 

 

 

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