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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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 ...

 

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 ...

 

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 ...

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) ...

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 ...

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 ...

 

MAU MAU (1954) enhanced entry

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

The film opens ...

 

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 ...

 

JUNGLE FORT (1953) enhanced entry

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

Over aerial ...

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. ...

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 ...

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 ...