Film database
Award-winning films, ordered by year, title.

Our Good Neighbours
Documentary
1954
https://vimeo.com/100970659

The War was still only nine years into history and Civil Defence and the possibilities of atomic warfare were very much in people's minds. How would Bristol Civil Defence cope with the aftermath of an attack?

Awarded FOUR STARS in the 1955 TEN BEST COMPETITION
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You Call Yourselves Scouts
Drama
1954
https://vimeo.com/483161420

Acted by the 1st Saltford Scout Troop, two scouts catch an apple thief and so clear themselves of suspicion.

Awarded a TEN BEST TROPHY in the 1954 TEN BEST COMPETITION
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Just the Job
Drama
1956
https://vimeo.com/101084855

A Wolf Cub from the 1st Saltford Scout Group is out on a Bob-a-Job week. He tracks down some burglars and brings them to justice.

Gained a GOLD STAR in the 1956 TEN BEST COMPETITION and was awarded the BEST FICTION AWARD in the SCOTTISH FESTIVAL of that year.
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Western Gateway
Documentary
1956
https://vimeo.com/161372796

A film that has been used many times in many Bristol schools over the years. It tells the story of the growth of the city of Bristol from the earliest times.

Won a GOLD STAR AWARD at the 1956 TEN BEST COMPETITION
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To Have and To Hold
Drama
1957
https://vimeo.com/89778038

The light-hearted story of a male agony aunt.

Judged to be one of the Ten Best amateur films of 1958. "… impressed by its slickness, pace and smoothness, qualities usually lacking in amateur films".
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Marlborough House
Documentary
1958


Documentary about the activities of Marlborough House Training School for the Mentally Handicapped.

Awarded a TEN BEST TROPHY in the 1958 TEN BEST COMPETITION
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Claremont
Documentary
1959


A film about the care and welfare of cerebral palsied children at the Bristol Education Committee's school, Claremont.

Awarded the DAILY MAIL TROPHY as the FILM OF THE YEAR and BEST DOCUMENTARY: 1959 TEN BEST WINNER: BMA SILVER MEDAL for BEST NON-COMMERCIAL FILM, 1961: OLIVER BELL TROPHY at the SCOTTISH, 1960: FIRST IN DOCUMENTARY at AUSTRALIAN INTERNATIONAL: BROADCAST AWARD for FILM BEST SUITED TO TV, presented by CANADIAN BROADCASTING CORPORATION, 1964: WINNER at VANCOUVER AMATEUR FILM FESTIVAL, 1960.
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The Lady Beautiful
Drama
1960
https://vimeo.com/101159026

A party from the club visited the National Film Theatre in March 1961 to see the first public showing of the Top 8 of 1960 - a competition which ran for some years for 8mm films only. One of the eight was The Lady Beautiful, made the previous year. The film was described as a "weirdie" with Vivienne Durand as the witch without a broomstick. It was directed by Fred Lorenz with R.J.Byles and John Bennett as cameramen. Fred collected the award for the best photography from Alex MacIntosh. An 8 mm titling and editing kit was presented to the club. For the first time in this country an 8 mm film was seen on a 17 ft. 6" by 12 ft. 6" screen. This, we were told, is a magnification of 1,500,000 times; and the result was said to be quite acceptable to the audience of a thousand. (Not that a thousand can be packed into the NFT at any one time). In 1961 a film of the making of The Lady Beautiful was shown to the club with the title Look at the Lady and this is notable chiefly for the fact that

One of the TOP 8 of 1960
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Venturer '61
Documentary
1961
https://vimeo.com/483200766

The Boys Scouts Association held a Venturer camp for Senior Scouts and Rovers at Torbay during May 1961 and they wanted us to film it.

Awarded FOUR STARS in the 1961 TEN BEST COMPETITION.
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Back to Claremont
Documentary
1962


In 1962 BCS returned to Claremont to see and record the progress made by children there since the first film. It was about the same running time as the original and was again in colour with an optical sound track. Back to Claremont, with the same director, won another Ten Best as well as a Bronze Medal from the BMA; and a medal for the film of social significance at the 1963 Scottish Amateur Film Festival. Dr. R.C.Wolfinden, Medical Officer of Health for Bristol, wrote that Back to Claremont was "a really splendid film which will do a great deal to answer the critics about the cost of educating spastics." At the London Amateur Film Festival (LAFF) - the I.A.C. festival held yearly in London - BCS was well represented. Claremont was awarded the top spot, the Daily Mail Challenge Cup as Film Of The Year & first in the documentary class. Runner up in the documentary class was our Marlborough House, Philip Grosset's Summer Holiday was screened and highly commended; and Joe Higgins' Ital

Awarded FILM OF THE YEAR and BEST DOCUMENTARY in the 1962 DAILY MAIL CHALLENGE CUP.
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The Beavers Break Through
Documentary
1963
https://vimeo.com/486435479

On a Saturday in November 1962 a band of intrepid explorers climbed up the steep side of Mendip's Burrington Coombe in order to explore two caves - Goatchurch Cavern and East Twin Swallet. They were not regular cavers nor were they foolhardy novices: this party was from Bristol Cine Society. They were accompanied by an expert caver to act as guide, Dave Newman. This was a reconnaissance for a future film. Not one actually got stuck, though two of the larger members of the party were unable to get through a narrow slit in Goatchurch. They were in search of locations for the next Scout film, written by Philip Grosset and which contained a caving sequence. The year 1962 went out under a thick blanket of snow which began falling on the evening or Boxing Day. The worst blizzards for many years followed and the temperature dropped to something like Siberian figures, The BCS New Year party was, like a lot of other things, postponed and later cancelled because the great freeze brought power

Awarded the 21st TROPHY at the 1963 SCOTTISH AMATEUR FILM FESTIVAL.
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The Dong
Drama
1970
https://vimeo.com/108053523

Based on Edward Lear’s nonsense poem, THE DONG WITH THE LUMINOUS NOSE.

Won a coveted award as one of the TEN BEST FILMS of 1970 and a DRAGON TROPHY at the 1970 WELSH SEVEN COMPETITION.
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Kennet and Avon Canal
Documentary
1971
https://vimeo.com/101078425

Documentary about the canal's restoration. Starts with some history of its origin and downfall. Scenes then show the locks being cleared of rubbish and pollution.

Awarded FOUR STARS at the 1972 TEN BEST COMPETITION.
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Summer Changes
Drama
1979
https://vimeo.com/108056062

A period piece set in the 'twenties and tells of the changes in relationship between a young man and the two people closest to him, his father and his girl friend.

Awarded FOUR STARS at the 1979 TEN BEST COMPETITION.
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The Nautical Novice
Comedy
1981
https://vimeo.com/171221499

A comedy depicting the misadventures of an inept weekend sailor. "A nicely contrived production with some genuinely amusing sequences".

Wins the RANDALL COX COMEDY AWARD at the WELSH INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL.
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Clarkson
Drama
2006
https://vimeo.com/85954645

Set in Bristol in 1787. The story of an unsung hero, Thomas Clarkson in the fight to abolish slave trading.

Awarded a SPECIAL PRIZE at the 4TH INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF NON-PROFESSIONAL FILM MAKERS : Gains BEST CLUB ENTRY - RUNNER UP in the 2007 SoCo COMPETITION : Wins a GOLD STANDARD at the 2007 BIAFF COMPETITION.
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A Smuggler's Song
Drama
2021

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wLtvKm0iJC0
A reading and visual interpretation of the Rudyard Kipling poem.

Awarded five stars at the IAC 2023 British International Amateur Film Festival and named Best Affiliated Club Entry.
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Damaged
Drama
2021
https://vimeo.com/696442050
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7SQfySeT85s
Set in a ruined mansion, a wealthy businessman has to face up to the phantoms of his past.

Winner of BIAFF's Denham Gold Cup.
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