From 1900 to the present - Local Films, TV Programmes and Features, Cinema Shorts and Wildlife Documentaries
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🎬 The New Forest. A film exploring the rich landscape, people and forest traditions in the post war years.18th century Agisters and pigs with rights to wander are just some of the ancient traditions celebrated in this beguiling look at life in the New Forest. Less familiar sights are captured, too, such as broom making and logging, forestry planting and sailing on the River Beaulieu near Buckler's Hard. No film about the area would be complete, though, without the famous Forest ponies – who are seen here in all their equine glory. Filmmaker Roy Layzell made many films during this period including other local area films such as Pipelines Under Southampton Water in 1957.Clifton Parker was a renowned British composer. With nearly 50 feature films under his belt, including The 39 Steps in 1959 and Sink The Bismark in 1960.John Snagge (OBE) was the voice of the BBC from the war years to his retirement in 1980.Featuring John SnaggeMusic by Clifton ParkerFilmed and Directed by Roy LayzellOriginal Cinema Release 1952The film was commissioned by the Esso Petroleum Company in 1952, just as they were establishing a new refinery on the eastern edge of the New Forest at Fawley, but Forest Heritage is entirely concerned with the natural beauty and traditions of the area: ‘A place out of this modern world where simple pleasures are enough – a miraculous survival of pre-Norman England’.