Film database
Films in category : Documentary, ordered by title

A Giant Idea
Documentary
2014
https://vimeo.com/125176898

A short documentary about the possibility of painting a figure of Goram on one of the lock walls in Bristol's Cumberland Basin.

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A Helping Hand
Documentary
1960


Schools for children with physical and learning difficulties.

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A Short History of "Bristol"
Documentary
2014
https://vimeo.com/125171745

The story of how Bristol got its name.

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A visit to Wookey
Documentary
1946
https://vimeo.com/168467963

A group of well-groomed club members are seen wandering around Wookey Hole. The film ends with views from inside the cave.

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Action at Ashton Court
Documentary
2021

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PnVW9Z3VJjY
A look behind the scenes at some of the filmmaking activity and interviews with creatives during the BFVS residency at the Ashton Court mansion during the month of August 2021.

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Ashton Court - A Faustian Pact?
Documentary
2021

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5gCT-CGCP0Y


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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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Balanced Audio
Documentary
2016
https://vimeo.com/168174190

An instructional video from Patrick de Landre-Grogan

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Black and White Café
Documentary
2012

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mp6nT-xojhs
An interpretation of Harold Pinter's famous 'The Black and White'

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Blue Plaque Unveiling - The Site of Bristol’s First Theatre
Documentary
2019
https://vimeo.com/340410923

In May, the Civic Society and The Mayor marked the location of Bristol’s first theatre with a blue plaque.

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Bread
Documentary
1966
https://vimeo.com/170492353

Have you ever thought about what goes into making a loaf of bread? Ploughing, Harrowing, Sowing, Fertilising, Growing, Harvesting and finally to the Mill. It's all here.

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Bristol - Gateway to the West
Documentary
2002

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kVWV2UeDj1Q
Promotional film for Bristol from early 2000s

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Bristol 2004 - a place odyssey
Documentary
2004
https://vimeo.com/99510738

A video to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the founding of our society. Members recorded 27 events of interest throughout our anniversary year.

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Bristol 600
Documentary
1973
https://vimeo.com/101078779

By Royal Charter granted in 1373 by King Edward III, Bristol became a City and County independent of both Gloucestershire and Somerset. On a rare sunny day in the wet summer of 1973, Queen Elizabeth II came to open the celebrations.

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Bristol Celebrations
Documentary
1935
https://vimeo.com/100893361

The Silver Jubilee of King George V and Queen Mary. This, the first film produced by the Bristol Film Society, was of course using the medium of the time - 16mm black and white film with no sound.

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Bristol Celebrations 1977
Documentary
1977
https://vimeo.com/100896325

The Silver Jubilee of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, 1952-1977. The Queen comes to Bristol and we are there to record the event.

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Bristol Revisited
Documentary
2016
https://vimeo.com/161793315

Club footage from 1956 is combined with 2015 scenes to compare, contrast and celebrate Bristol's proud heritage.

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Bristol Through a Lens
Documentary
2016
https://vimeo.com/157142332

Bristol as shown in club films since 1935.

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Bristol’s Aerospace Heritage
Documentary
2017
https://vimeo.com/267549646

Bristol's historic connection with the aircraft industry.

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Broadmead
Documentary
2007

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NGcovMtYhKg
A history of the Broadmead shopping centre.

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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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Clifton Suspension Bridge
Documentary
1956
https://vimeo.com/101083863

After a brief pre-amble, there is a description in broad technical terms of the construction of the bridge, then the competition for the design of the bridge and finally the way the bridge was built.

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Cranes, Trains and Heritage
Documentary
2014
https://vimeo.com/125994783

Reflections on part of the history of Bristol City Docks and the modern fascination with heritage.

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Dancing on the Edge
Documentary
2023

https://youtu.be/1LslBtE0S-Q
We were visted at Filton by three dancers, Maisie Boyd (Tap), Jasmine van Mazik (Ballet) and Elena Rogmann (Irish Dancing) who each performed in their own style. The dancers were filmed with many cameras from various angles to give a large amount of flexibiity in the edit. Also in attendance was their instructor, Kathy Plaster, from 344 Dance Studio in Fishponds.

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Death of a Cabbage
Documentary
2008

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O8OR_dc7pc4
A behind the scenes look at the making of "When This Man Dies" featuring Foley sound effects.

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Dockside Dreaming
Documentary
2014
https://vimeo.com/118873804

A musical celebration of Bristol's nautical heritage.

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Elm Park Orpheans
Documentary
1998
https://vimeo.com/267864933

A re-make of the 1973 club exercise,"Charlotte Street Orpheans" using the same musicians where possible. First attempt at NLE with 'Casablanca'.

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Festival of Remembrance
Documentary
2004




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Fire and Water
Documentary
1995
https://vimeo.com/101078779

A record of some of the special effect and methods used to create our most ambitious film so far, "Cabot".

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Flash Bang Wallop
Documentary
1992
https://vimeo.com/102029428

'Skodaman' special effects.

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Foot Ferry to Hotwells
Documentary
2014
https://vimeo.com/124672243

'No matter how far the journey the anticipation builds when its end is in sight'.

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Friese-Greene Plaque
Documentary
1955
https://vimeo.com/101793786
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4tST2ANtzPY
he Lord Mayor of Bristol unveiled a memorial blue plaque to William Friese-Greene, the pioneer of cinematography.

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Gaol Ferry Bridge
Documentary
2014
https://vimeo.com/125196163

A Campaign to open up Bristol's Lost Navigation.

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Grand Central Station
Documentary
2014
https://vimeo.com/125379684

The story where Bristol's railway station may have been..

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Images in Time
Documentary
2002
https://vimeo.com/100928104

Conceived to mark the millennium, this project shows the way the city of Bristol has changed, and is changing, by using extracts of films from the club's archive.

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Into The Light - The making of
Documentary
2011
https://vimeo.com/99585579

Sue Mansi shot and edited "The Making of Into the Light” which includes interviews with the various directors, telling us the background of their approach to the script, as well as including conversations with actors and crew.

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John Stevens: A tribute
Documentary
2014
https://vimeo.com/120309681

John Stevens was a great friend of Bristol Film and Video Society. He took major roles in a score of our productions over 35 years. Here is an affectionate compilation of video clips taken from some of those productions.

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Kabul Sunset VFX Breakdown
Documentary
2014

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SvFNBdv1yH0
How the visual effects for 'Kabul Sunset' were created.

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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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Long Ashton Research and Cider Institute
Documentary
1936
https://vimeo.com/100918250

A snapshot of the activities at the Long Ashton Research Station. Focuses on the harvesting of the cider apple’s, pressing, storage and bottling.

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Look at the Lady
Documentary
1961
https://vimeo.com/168537494

A film about the making of 'The Lady Beautiful' - the first club film to use the tape synchronising sound method.

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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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Mrs Grundy
Documentary
1963


A film to investigate local attitudes towards the questions of nudity, temperance and the British Sunday.

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Nightmare - The making of
Documentary
2013

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x4nPnvkLCVg
Made by John Cockwell, this is his ‘behind the scenes’ look at the production.

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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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Past, present and hopefully a future for Ashton Court Mansion
Documentary
2022

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dIToAV903bc
A guided tour of Bristol's favourite neglected stately home.

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Pill '95
Documentary
1995


A day at Pill Regatta.

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Planets
Documentary
1999
https://vimeo.com/100919665

The video features an eccentric professor who travels across England and South Wales from Greenwich to Cardiff using various land marks and towns to represent the planets' distance from the sun.

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Prostocks
Documentary
2019
https://vimeo.com/379801061

A visit to the Formula Prostocks Motorcycle Racing Club.

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Ron: In his own words
Documentary
2010
https://vimeo.com/120279464

In 2002 Ron Elson recalled his early days and long association with Bristol Cine Society (later to become Bristol Film and Video Society) for a documentary about the club.

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Scrapbook '63
Documentary
1963
https://vimeo.com/88105048

A record of the events that took place in and around Bristol during 1963 starting with heavy snow and ending with the closure of the Embassy cinema in Clifton.

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Scrapbook ‘84
Documentary
1984
https://vimeo.com/100922151

Long time club member Peter Heaven guides you through a look at the City of Bristol in 1984 and some of the events that took place in that year.

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Songs of Praise
Documentary
1997


The record of a special service at Dundry Parish Church.

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St Andrews Church - Our Refurbishment Story
Documentary
2022

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m_wB4Msxm2w
The history of St Andrew's church in Bristol, UK, and the story of its refurbishment.

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Tell Them I Came - VFX Tutorial
Documentary
2021

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bZzTGR96meU
A VFX tutorial by Larry Hall for the short poetic film Tell Them I Came.

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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 Big Picture
Documentary
2014
https://vimeo.com/125196700

A plan to paint a giant picture in the heart of Bristol.

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The Last Year
Documentary
1988
https://vimeo.com/108050798

The club's final year at Charlotte Street.

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The Making of Skodaman
Documentary
1992


'Skodaman' behind the scenes.

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The making of The Wigan Girls
Documentary
2009

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hRBm7XWH4zE
Behind the Scenes of putting on a large scale community Theatre Production.

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The Monks of Prinknash
Documentary
1970
https://vimeo.com/128271319

The Abbot of the Benedictine monastery near Gloucester gave the unit complete access to all aspects of their life. The result is a fascinating insight into their community.

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The Nautical Novice - Making of
Documentary
1981
https://vimeo.com/171294626

Gaffs and Outakes

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The New Room (Long)
Documentary
2018
https://vimeo.com/297088163

In the Broadmead area of the City of Bristol, is the world's oldest Methodist chapel. This video was made for the trustees and will be used to increase awareness of this internationally important building.

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The New Room (Short)
Documentary
2003
https://vimeo.com/297086955

In the Broadmead area of the City of Bristol, is the world's oldest Methodist chapel. This video was made for the trustees and will be used to increase awareness of this internationally important building.

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The Other Side of the Play
Documentary
2002

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pWyPMxbQPgs
Behind the scenes look at the making of St Paul's Players production of 'The Other Side of the Sky'.

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The Showmen
Documentary
1970
https://vimeo.com/101792816

In an interview with Showman Henry Rogers, "We carried it all in for 17 shillings!" An affectionate look at one of the last showmen families.

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The University of Bristol Botanic Garden
Documentary
2004
https://vimeo.com/438945058



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Tide and Time
Documentary
2014
https://vimeo.com/125379685

A polemic to improve the gateway to Bristol by harnessing the power of the tide.

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Time and Tide
Documentary
1989
https://vimeo.com/128507053

A polished production on the history of the Bristol Floating Harbour and River Avon. Captures the demolition of the bonded warehouse.

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Uncertain Proof - Making Of
Documentary
2011
https://vimeo.com/333719815

Uncertain Proof is a feature film made by Bristol Films, retelling the death of King Edward II. The film imagines what might have happened to King Edward II, if rather than being killed in Berkeley Castle, he in fact, escaped.

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Uncertain Proof - The Writing of
Documentary
2011
https://vimeo.com/335096905

An interview with the writer, Tony Ford. Tony describes the origins of the story and how he wrote the film script.

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Unlocking SS Great Britain
Documentary
2014
https://vimeo.com/125379703

The eventful maiden voyage of the SS Great Britain.

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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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Water Festival '72
Documentary
1972


We are invited to film the Bristol Water Festival for the the South West branch of the Inland Waterways Association. The result is a 20 minute record for posterity.

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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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What is a Decibel ?
Documentary
2016
https://vimeo.com/168175421

An instructional video by Bristol Film and Video Society member Patrick de Landre-Grogan

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Why is America called America?
Documentary
2018
https://vimeo.com/259018355

Made in 2018: An investigation into the naming of a Continent.

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Wigan Girls
Documentary
2009
https://vimeo.com/803804640

Behind the Scenes of putting on a large scale community Theatre Production

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William Friese-Greene Death Centenary
Documentary
2021
https://vimeo.com/565521823

On May 5th 2021, Bristol City Council marked the centenary of the death of motion picture pioneer, William Friese-Greene next to the plaque which had originally been erected to celebrate the centenary of his birth on the house where he was born. After the house was demolished the plaque was moved to its present location on the rear wall of City hall. The Bristol Amateur Cine Society’s film of the original plaque unveiling can be watched at https://www.bristolvideo.org.uk/1950's.html

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Yoga with Joy
Documentary
1976


"Find a quiet retreat for the practice of yoga, sheltered from the wind, level and clean, free from rubbish, smoldering fires and ugliness, and where the sound of waters and the beauty of the place help thought and contemplation." Made in 1976 for Joy Burling, a local Yoga teacher.

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