Directed by William Raban.
This movie is an experimental documentary following the flow of the Thames out of London to the sea. It has a narration from John Hurt that takes the form of reading old manuscripts, books and news articles, and also a posthumous narration from poet TS Eliot reading from his own work, The Dry Salvages from the Four Quartets. Engravings, paintings, and archival film are juxtaposed against the contemporary footage, including Pieter Breughel the Elder's "The Triumph of Death" (c.1562) from the Prado Museum.
This Traveltalks short visits cities and towns along the Thames River. It begins in London, with views of Cleopatra's Needle and the Tower Bridge. We then visit the Trout Inn at Oxford, a favorite gathering place for students at the university. After a short look at Eton, it's off to Henley-on-Thames and the world-famous regatta.
This movie is a well-estimated showpiece for Gasparcolor, one of several competing color systems for movies that tried for pieces of the market following the success of Technicolor. Developed by Bela Gaspar, it was, like Technicolor, a subtractive system and while it was used a bit in the mid-thirties for a few short subjects, it never really caught on.
‘A beautiful, mysterious yet satisfying optical illusion…celebrates the early passing of a steam on the Thames. Using freeze-frame techniques, elaborate dissolves, and most of the resources on the optical table, this picture is, amongst other things, a Turner come to life. Rimmer’s concern with the surface nature of the film is most evident in this work which, in spite of its filmic complexity, is incredibly simple.’ — Donald Richie
Two young men plot to escape a dystopian future London ruled by corporate tyrant The Impresario
Directed by Frank Miller and H.B. Parkinson.
Scenes showing work at the various London docks is followed by shots of buildings and places of interest near the river including Billingsgate and Covent Garden market.
Thames News was the flagship regional news programme of Thames Television, serving the Greater London region and broadcast on weekdays from 12 September 1977 to 31 December 1992. The news service was produced and broadcast from Thames TV's headquarters at Euston Road in north-west London and during its last few years in operation, from district newsrooms in Dartford in Kent, Guildford in Surrey and Watford in Hertfordshire.
Thames Valley Tonight was a regional news programme broadcast to part of the ITV Network in the Thames Valley area of southern England. The Thames Valley news region was launched on Monday 4 December 2006 and ceased to exist on 8 February 2009. Like all regional news programmes on ITV in England and Wales and ITV Channel Television, it used the generic ITV font and idents.