British Universities Film & Video Council

moving image and sound, knowledge and access


Salvador Dali (photo courtesy of British Pathe Ltd)
Pathe’s Animated Gazette: started regular bi-weekly publication in London in February 1910. The length of the newsreel at the time was about 300 feet and by 1914 90 copies were being printed. In 1914 up to the start of World War I a daily edition was issued. In the following years, the length and number of copies increased gradually and for several years two newsreels were published weekly, a long one of 600-700 feet and a short one of 300 feet.

Pathe Super Sound Gazette, and Pathe Gazette: with the advent of sound in 1930, Pathé had to publish the above three newsreels to cover the period when cinemas were changing from silent to sound projectors. After some years, the first two were discontinued. Pathe Gazette continued until the end of 1945.

Pathe News: this was the new title given to the Pathe newsreel from newsreel number 1, 1946. In 1960 Pathe News produced its first reels in colour. The last release of the newsreel was no. 70-17, 26 February 1970.

Pathe Pictorial: first released in March 1918 this cinemagazine continued in production until 27 March 1969.

Eve’s Film Review: this news magazine for women began in 1921 and continued until 1933.

Pathetone Weekly: this international production was first released weekly in 1930 with a view to incorporating all the semi-news events which passed into the Pathé organisation and its news exchanges around the world. It ceased production in 1941.
Astra Gazette: a digest of mainly Pathe Pictorial material that was compiled for the RAF. Twelve Gazettes were issued.

British Pathé represents the Reuters historical collection (qv separate entry), which includes more than 120,000 items from Reuters-owned news agencies Gaumont Graphic (1910-1932), Empire News Bulletin (1926-1930), British Paramount (1931-1957), and Gaumont British (1934-1959), as well as Visnews content from 1957 to the end of 1979. All footage can be viewed on the British Pathé website.
Newsreels; Cinemagazines
Access available.
All footage is furnished for use in one production only and may not be sub-licensed in isolation. General Conditions and Terms of Trade are sent to all customers and must be read and accepted before material is supplied. British Pathe Ltd to be given full credit on all productions.

Moving Image, Audio and Related Documentation Holdings

Film: 5,000,000 feet. Colour black and white film, 85,000 individual items.
Film components: 16mm, 35mm, negative film, fine grain print, lavender master, dupe negative film.


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Additional Information

Other information
Issue sheets for Pathé Super Sound Gazette, Pathé Super Gazette, Pathé Gazette, Pathé News, Pathé Pictorial, Eve’s Film Review, Pathétone Weekly, and Astra Gazette. Cameraman’s dope sheets, shot lists (from 1940 onwards), commentary sheets etc.
Conservation policy
The Library is involved in a huge preservation programme. The nitrate originals are cleaned, copied and re-catalogued. The programme, which will continue for many years, will be an important contribution to newsfilm records of the 20th century.

Main Contact

Alastair White
020 7665 8340
British Pathé Ltd
3.29 Canterbury Court
1-3 Brixton Road

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