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04 November 2013

A 26-year-old History graduate from west London has won The National Archives' short film competition, Files on Film.

Angus Campbell Golding's winning entry used a post-war Ministry of Information leaflet called 'A West Indian in England' as the starting point for a three-minute film. The leaflet was designed to give early immigrants an idea of what life was like in Britain.

The judging panel all agreed that Campbell Golding's film achieved the perfect combination of humour, emotion and drama in bringing the document to life.

Mr. Campbell Golding graduated from Newcastle University in 2009 and currently works as an advertising account manager. He said: 'I am thrilled. The competition was a brilliant way of showing how compelling and engaging these documents are. This was a sublime document. It was empathetic, patronising, funny, terribly sad, and moving, all at once.'

Entrants were asked to come up with a short film using one of ten diverse documents from The National Archives' collection as inspiration.

The runner-up, Eglantine Pillet from France, used 1911 census responses from suffragettes as the basis for an animated film entitled, 'No Vote, No Census'. The judges were extremely impressed with the film's ability to make an important issue accessible and engaging.

Three other entrants were highly commended: Zoe Rixon for 'A Letter to Mary'; Coral Manton for 'The investigation of alleged unnatural relationships amongst service women' and Gabriel Greenough for 'Lapse'.

All of the shortlisted entries are available to view on The National Archives' YouTube channel.

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