Historical Documentaries

Historical Documentaries

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Historical Documentaries
  • O Dreamland

    Lindsay Anderson’s ground-breaking short film about a Margate amusement park, which helped to launch a new documentary movement.

    Country: UK.
    Language: English.

  • The Dim Little Island

    Osbert Lancaster, James Fisher, John Ormston, and Ralph Vaughn Williams meditate on the history and culture of England. A documentary from legendary filmmaker Humphrey Jennings.

    Country: UK.
    Language: English.

  • Nine, Dalmuir West

    Kevin Brownlow’s atmospheric homage to Glasgow’s tram system follows the last tram to run in September 1962.

    Country: UK.
    Language: English.

  • A Bunny Girl's Tale

    A Bunny Girl's Tale investigates the story of the British Playboy Bunny and how 'The Bunny Girl' still persists in the collective imagination.

    Country: UK.
    Language: English.

  • London Can Take It!

    A short British propaganda film from 1940, which shows the effects of eighteen hours of the German blitz on London and its people.

    Fans of ’The Battle of Britain‘ will like this.

    Country: UK.
    Language: English.

  • Tomorrow's Saturday

    Impressions of a typical Saturday at Blackburn, a milling town in the North of England.

    Country: UK.
    Language: English.

  • The Undefeated

    Looking at how soldiers injured and disabled during WWII would be helped to live as normal a life as possible in the post-war years.

    Country: UK.
    Language: English.

  • We Live In Two Worlds

    The author J.B. Priestley delivers a talk about cross-border trade and communications as a benign force, which he contrasts with the military preoccupations of individual nations.

    Country: UK.
    Language: English.

  • Words for Battle

    Words for Battle is a British propaganda film produced by the Ministry of Information's Crown Film Unit in 1941.

    Country: UK.
    Language: English.

  • The True Story Of Lili Marlene

    How Lili Marlene became the signature tune for the British army in North Africa.

    Country: UK.
    Language: English.

  • The Heart Of Britain

    A glimpse into wartime Britain, showing the north and midlands in 1941.

    Country: UK.
    Language: English.

  • The First Days

    Beginning with Chamberlain’s historic BBC radio announcement, the film records the way Londoners go about their business making preparations for World War Two.

    Country: UK.
    Language: English.

  • The Farm

    Humphrey Jennings shows us a pre-war British farm, and the hard labour that goes into running it.

    Fans of ‘Our Yorkshire Farm‘ will like this.

    Country: UK.
    Language: English.

  • The Sea in Their Blood

    A half-hour study of the British coastline by Peter Greenaway.

    Country: UK.
    Language: English.

  • March!

    March! documents the 1971 protest against the Industrial Relations Bill as crowds walk through the streets of Central London to Trafalgar Square.

    Country: UK.
    Language: English.

  • Spare Time

    A look at how industry workers spend their time when they are not at work.

    Country: UK.
    Language: English.

  • The Blue Pullman

    A 1960 documentary that follows the development, preparation, and journey from Manchester to London on new British Railways Blue Pullman units.

    Fans of ‘Great British Railway Journeys‘ will lie this.

    Country: UK.
    Language: English.

  • Spring Offensive

    English farmers plant crops on formerly disused land to assist the war effort.

    Country: UK.
    Language: English.

  • Penny Journey

    The story of a postcard from Manchester to Graffham.

    Country: UK.
    Language: English.

  • Momma Don't Allow

    A snapshot in time of 1956 on a night out at the Wood Green Jazz Club, where teenagers jive to trad jazz.

    Country: UK.
    Language: English.

  • Making Fashion

    Humprey Jennings documents the preparation of Norman Hartnell’s Spring/Summer 1938 collection, interspersing shots of the couturier and his studio at work with images indicating his inspiration

    Country: UK.
    Language: English.

  • Listen to Britain

    A depiction of life in wartime England during the Second World War.

    Country: UK.
    Language: English.

  • Holiday

    A promotional celebration of the joys of holidaying in Blackpool is one of the most fondly remembered of all the British Transport Films travelogues.

    Country: UK.
    Language: English.

  • Farewell Topsails

    A documentary film about the Cornish china clay industry and the use of sailing boats there.

    Country: UK.
    Language: English.