Empire and Leisure

Whether riding for hog in India or fishing with dynamite in the Solomon Islands, many of these films show the colonial classes at play. They also highlight for a British audience the adoption in the colonies of certain British pastimes such as cricket and football. The popularity of these sports served to foster an image of Imperial unity, presenting the British ideals of sportsmanship and fairness in operation throughout the Empire. Other established forms of institutionalised mass entertainment were exported into the colonies, from military variety shows to film screenings. Once more, these forms of leisure were imagined both as a means of entertainment and as an instrument of colonial governance. 

 
 
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2ND BATTALION WELCH REGIMENT IN INDIA CELEBRATE GHELUVELT... (1933) enhanced entry

Amateur film without titles shot by Bandsman Mr T A Link of 2nd Battalion Welch Regiment records soldiers ...

 

5TH FIELD COMPANY, GOLD COAST REGIMENT ON FOLDING BOAT... (1942) enhanced entry

I. 21 December. Opening with shots of African sappers unloading folding boats from a truck, the film shows the men ...

AFRICAN DERBY

AFRICAN DERBY (1927)has video enhanced entry

An annual race meeting at Maseru, Basutoland.

Introduced as the 'annual native race meeting' at Maseru in Basutoland, the film opens ...

 

AN AFRICAN ENTERTAINMENT UNIT (1944) enhanced entry

START 10:33:25 Two Ford 98T 3-ton lorries deliver the performers and prefabricated theatre pavilion belonging to the East Africa Command's ...

 

CALCUTTA TOPICAL NO. 1 FOR 1925 (1925) enhanced entry

The King-Emperor's horse race at Calcutta, India.

Government of India Censor Certificate (6). Main title (10). "The King Emperor's Cup Race ...

FEDERAL SPOTLIGHT NO. 167

FEDERAL SPOTLIGHT NO. 167 (1962)has video enhanced entry

Central African Film Unit Newsreel. Artists In Stamps - P. Jaffa makes portraits from old stamps and is also a ...

Fraser Collection: The Kadir Cup 1934

Fraser Collection: The Kadir Cup 1934 (1934)has video enhanced entry

1934 footage of an annual Raj sporting event, the Kadir Cup Meeting. Competitors and visitors travel on elephants to the ...

INDIAN NEWS PARADE NO 91 (8/12/1944)

INDIAN NEWS PARADE NO 91 (8/12/1944) (1944)has video enhanced entry

I. "MUSLIMS WIN BOMBAY PENTANGULAR TOURNAMENT FINAL" Cricket veteran Hardstaff comments "I don't remember a more thrilling match in my ...

 

LEARIE CONSTANTINE (1945) enhanced entry

A profile of the West Indian cricketer Learie Constantine, showing him at work as a welfare officer in Liverpool and ...

MARY'S LUCKY DAY

MARY'S LUCKY DAY (1952)has video enhanced entry

Dramatised advertising film for Lux toilet soap intended for African audiences.

The film opens with an African man sitting and playing ...

NIGERIAN FOOTBALLERS IN ENGLAND

NIGERIAN FOOTBALLERS IN ENGLAND (1949)has video enhanced entry

Coverage of the 18 strong Nigerian football team, the first ever to leave West Africa, who played nine matches in ...

NO.1 EAST AFRICAN ENTERTAINMENT UNIT (6/1945)

NO.1 EAST AFRICAN ENTERTAINMENT UNIT (6/1945) (1945)has video enhanced entry

At an East African Reinforcement Camp an entertainment unit stages a show for troops of 11th East African ...