In 1956, Bristol Film & Video Society member Ken Pople made Western Gateway, a celebration of Bristol’s history with evocative black and white scenes showing a city still recovering from WWII air raids.
The film is now part of the society’s archive, held at Bristol Archives.
In this new film, Bristol Revisited, society members Gordon Young and Bob Bennett combine the 1950s footage with current views of the city. Banana boats unloading at Avonmouth Docks contrast with Japanese cars offloading from a car carrier at Royal Portbury Docks; Wills cigarette-making and Aardman animation scene-making; Brabazon construction at Filton; and the last Concorde to fly.
Bristol Revisited will be shown to the public for the first time at Bristol Archives. The film vividly demonstrates how the Bristol Archives archive is a continuing celebration of Bristol on film.