Video of the Week: Colour on the Thames

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Take a trip back in time in London, to when colour film was pretty exciting!

As Sonia Genaitay explains:

This film is tricky to describe: is it a boat study, a film-poem, an experiment, a picture postcard? One thing is certain: it’s a rare colour snapshot of the Thames and London in the 1930s – and it looks quite magical.

Colour film was still a novelty for audiences in 1935, and the photography (using the new Gasparcolor system) succeeds in accentuating the sharp contrast between the vivid green banks of the countryside and the drab tones of the industrial landscape.

Look out for the fantastic old images of Tower Bridge and Docklands: beyond that, we hardly recognised any other landmarks, particularly as it goes further down river and “out to sea”. Could you spot any more familiar areas of the Thames?