Empire in Revolt

Throughout the history of the British Empire, colonial subjects regularly took up arms against their British rulers. Amongst the earliest films of the Empire are those which document one such uprising: the Boer War (1899-1902). From Kenya to Malaya, from Aden to Cyprus, the films selected here highlight some of the many revolts the British faced within its colonies during the 20th century. 

 
 
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1955 : the year in Malaya

1955 : the year in Malaya (1955)has video enhanced entry

Malayan Government propaganda.

The film covers the first Malayan general elections, emphasising popular support for Tunku Abdul Rahman and ...

 

2ND BATTALION 4TH BOMBAY GRENADIERS IN INDIA, CA 1930 (1930) enhanced entry

Reel 1: "Shall Mills, TPT and Camp". Camel and mule transport. Ambulance truck. Two British officers in solar topees.

Reel 2: ...

a NEW LIFE - SQUATTER RESETTLEMENT

a NEW LIFE - SQUATTER RESETTLEMENT (1951)has video enhanced entry

Film showing the resettlement of Chinese squatters from the edge of the Malayan jungle, away from the Communist ...

 

ADEN AND HONG KONG OPERATIONS (1967) enhanced entry

Reel of rushes of 1st Battalion Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders on patrol in Aden during the Emergency (with live sound ...

ALIEN ORDERS

ALIEN ORDERS (1951)has video enhanced entry

"This C.O.I film is a Crown Film Unit Production of vital interest to all peace-loving peoples today, for the "Alien ...

Chisman (Keal) Collection: 15. Waziristan (2) 1937

Chisman (Keal) Collection: 15. Waziristan (2) 1937 (1930)has video enhanced entry

India, North-West Frontier, 1937. Film shows various military scenes, including numerous scenes of the RAF in action, bombing, shooting and ...

HISTORIC MUTINY SITES

HISTORIC MUTINY SITES (1914)has video enhanced entry

INTEREST. Travelogue principally around Delhi.

Main titles. (3) MS double gateway, in a perimeter wall, horse and ox traffic passing through. ...

 

JUNGLE FORT (1953) enhanced entry

The process of planning, constructing and operating a jungle fort (Fort Dixon) in the jungles of Pahang.

Over aerial ...

 

KURRAM MILITIA, 1946-1947 (1947) enhanced entry

Amateur film shot by Major Michael Nelson of 8th Gurkha Rifles, Indian Army while seconded to the Kurram ...

 

MAU MAU (1954) enhanced entry

The background to the Mau Mau uprising in Kenya and steps being taken to suppress it.

The film opens ...

OPERATION SHEEPSKIN - THE INVASION OF ANGUILLA

OPERATION SHEEPSKIN - THE INVASION OF ANGUILLA (1969)has video enhanced entry

(Reel One) The morning of the invasion (the troops had landed before 5.30 am), angry Anguillans surround the office of ...

 

OPERATIONS BY 1ST BATTALION 6TH GURKHA RIFLES DURING... (1950) enhanced entry

Amateur film shot by Major William Rhodes James while serving with the 1st Battalion 6th Gurkha Rifles in ...

 

RAF SORTIES DURING MAU MAU CAMPAIGN (1954) enhanced entry

Amateur footage of Harvard and Lincoln planes operating in Kenya. The film includes images of a bombing raid over the ...

RHODESIAN SPOTLIGHT NO.  87

RHODESIAN SPOTLIGHT NO. 87 (1959)has video enhanced entry

The Jamboree - Lord Roallen attends international janboree in Salisbury.

Nyasaland Back to Normal - after emergency March 1959.

Round the Federation ...

ROUTINE ADVENTURE

ROUTINE ADVENTURE (1965)has video enhanced entry

Portrait of the British forces helping to defend Aden.

Behind the tranquillity of the Aden coast (sunbathing on beach) ...

 

ROVING REPORT NO 32 (1966) enhanced entry

Views of the C-in-C Middle East, Secretary General of the South Arabian League, Acting High Commissioner and various ...

 

SKIRMISH ROUND THE FLAG (1901) enhanced entry

Dramatised Boer War short made by the Lancashire firm of Mitchell and Kenyon. It shows two nurses saved from the ...

the KNIFE : based on a true story

the KNIFE : based on a true story (1952)has video enhanced entry

Propaganda film encouraging Malayans to inform on Communist Terrorists (CTs) in return for cash rewards.

Narration over dramatic incident. ...

WORLD PICTORIAL NEWS NO 275 (12/8/1946)

WORLD PICTORIAL NEWS NO 275 (12/8/1946) (1946)has video enhanced entry

I. 'TRAGEDY IN JERUSALEM.' An item covering the aftermath of the bombing of the King David Hotel (HQ of the ...