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1921 first film footage of Orwell discovered

A London television station has shown what it described as the first film footage ever discovered of George Orwell, picturing him as a young student at England's prestigious school Eton, marching arm and arm with fellow classmates.

Two researchers, Phil Windeatt and Jonathan Levi, found the footage that aired Tuesday in a film library. Their discovery came in 2003, the year that marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of the author of novels including "1984" and "Animal Farm."

Still photos of Orwell have long been available, but Channel 4 News quoted Orwell biographer D.J. Taylor as saying that fans of the author had never seen film footage of him.

The brief images, shot in 1921, show a vibrant and happy 18-year-old Orwell marching across the grounds of the private school with a group of fellow students on their way to a sports field, where they would play a ball game against a wall that was traditional at Eton.