This widescreen film documents the work and organisation involved in staging the York Mystery Plays of 1973. The film is a great homage to the widescreen road-show presentations of the 50s, 60s and 70s with introductory music, prologue and intermission.
This film is a BBC interview between Lord Kagan and Cliff Michelmore. Joseph Kagan was a Lithuanian-British industrialist and the founder of Kagan Textiles, of Elland, which made raincoats from the waterproof Gannex fabric he had invented.
Made in 1929, this unique film provides an example of Rowntree’s innovate approach to marketing chocolate. Lasting just over six minutes, the commercial uses sound and animation to promote the delicious flavour of York Milk Bar through a series of funny incidents staring Mr. York. It is the first animated advertisement to be made with synchronised sound.
Made by Peter Jackson and Edward Winpenny, this film documents the work of the Upper Wharfedale Fell Rescue Association. It features a reconstruction of a cave rescue and includes brief interviews with the volunteers who make up the Rescue Team.
This is a short advertisement for Melbourne beer and includes a humorous commentary.
This film is a BBC Nationwide news item about the success of Rowntree Mackintosh following the company merger in 1969.
This documentary film examines the entire process of creating a television advert, from the initial script to its presentation on screen. The film focuses on an advert for the new Rowntree's product "Today," a dark and milk chocolate assortment, and shows all those involved in the advertising process as well as the final advert.
This reel consists of a number of advertisements for Quality Street Chocolates from 1955-1956. The product was launched in 1936 by Halifax confectioner Mackintosh and has become an extremely popular Christmas purchase. These advertisements include "The Mayor" and "Miss" as well as the later Quality Street Gang. Unlike some of its other products, the slogan for Quality Street had changed with each ad campaign. Slogans contained in this reel include:
"Never say no to Mackintosh's Quality Street."
"Enjoy the luxury of Quality Street."
"There's no stopping you with Quality Street."
"Quality Street, have some today."
"Every week Quality Street, Quality Street."
"Nothing pleases people like Quality Street at Christmas."
"Quality Street goes down BIG with families."
"This is the gang."
"They're a sweet bunch of characters."
"Make friends with the Quality Street gang, they're a sweet bunch of characters."
"What's your favourite, favourite?"
This film is quite possibly taken from the filming of a scene from an 'After Eight' advert.
A promotional film for IZAL disinfectant products, this film centres on a traditional family and the everyday battle against germs and bacteria. The film employs a narrator who discusses the necessity of effective cleaning products and proper sterilisation to ensure that we lead a healthy life.
This fictional film's narrative is based on a secret agent style plot as two men try to escape from criminals with top secret documents. There is also a voiceover which explains the story.
This fictional film tells the tale of a terrible mix-up, which results in the death of an innocent man. The film is well shot, and there is a voice over which narrates. There is no dialogue and the music is a single classical score which runs throughout.
This is a short fictional film which narrative focuses on the detail taken to complete a drawing.
This reel consists of a series of adverts for discontinued lines from the Rowntree colletion:
Beech nut chewing gum
Rowntrees Instant Coffee
Pop (5 flavours)
Sunchoc chocolate drink
A film made by ER Hardy of the Halifax Cine Club documenting the workings inside the offices of the Halifax Evening Courier newspaper.
After Eight Thin Mints, or After Eights, are a confectionery product described as "mint enrobed in dark chocolate." They were created in 1962 by Rowntree & Company Limited and have been made in the factory in Castleford, West Yorkshire since 1970. This reel is made up of a series of adverts for this product after its launch. The adverts include "well-dressed women of a higher social class, who were excellent at organising dinner parties, which always offered the After Eight Mints."
Toffee Crisp chocolate bars were first produced in 1963. The bars were originally made by Mackintosh's at their Halifax factory. The following reel consists of a series of adverts for this product from 1971-1990.
This is a comedic short advert for Duncan's Carols and Merrols candies. The film stars Richard Hearne and Dora Bryan.
This reel consists of a number of advertisements for Quality Street Chocolates from 1958-1985. The product was launched in 1936 by Halifax confectioner Mackintosh and has become an extremely popular Christmas purchase. These advertisements include "The Mayor" and "Miss" as well as the later Quality Street Gang.
This film, made by the Audio Visual Department at Leeds University, is part of the John Murray collection, and is a visual prospectus to promote it to future undergraduates. The film uses interviews with current students, voiceover descriptions of the departments and facilities and gives a great amount of information about how universities and the higher education system was run at the time. Film opens on an old style sports car which is driving along a motorway in the direction of the camera. The shot then cuts to a long shot taken from a bridge looking down onto the car as it drives away from the camera.
This humorous commercial film is extremely competent in terms of technical production, and features the chimpanzees performing slapstick comedy routines in a similar vein to Charlie Chaplin. The narrative centres on a family (chimps play the roles of mother, father and their son) as they look for a new apartment. They stumble across the perfect place, however there is only one catch - the apartment does not allow children.
This film was made by Yorkshire Television as a promotion on behalf of the Yorkshire Post. The commentary gives a history of the newspaper, and an outline of the various editions and coverage of the newspaper group. It also shows in detail the move into new premises in 1970 and the new machinery and processes that were introduced at that time.
This film documents the Burton Suit Factory in 1950 including aspects of the factory itself and the facilities and advancements in order to ensure employee well being while producing a quality made product. This is currently the earliest factory film of the Burton Collection and features more hand sewing and less machinery. Additionally, it documents the newest technology for testing the durability of the cloth used for the Burton suits.
This film, part of the larger Ideals of Industry, was made in order to advertise the welfare facilities and services available to the employees of the Burton factory.
This film was made in order to show the manufacturing of a suit from the very start until the satisfied customer takes it home with him at the end of the journey. These suits are made in a combination of hand stitching and mass production, but made to order and specifically fit each individual customer.