Collection Greenyer Family
Jim and Robina Greenyer made over eighty films during the 1960s and early 1970s, capturing their family life, items of local interest and making short fiction films with membership of the Albany Cine Club.
|Collection ID||273||Reference code||WS 980116|
|Dates||1920s - 1970s|
|Production||Jim Greenyer Albany Cine Club|
|Materials||FILM Standard 8mm Super 8mm 16mm Audio|
|Access status||Contact Screen Archive South East for details|
Screen Archive South East houses over ninety films made by the Greenyer family, which were predominantly made during the 1960s and early 1970s. They offer a unique record of one family's moving image heritage, illustrating an interest in the popular contemporary hobby of cine film-making.
The content of the majority of the films is typical of that found in home movies, namely family celebrations and holidays, and community-driven activities. Indeed, the films in the Greenyer collection illustrate many recurring themes - annual scenes such as the family Christmas celebrations have been repeatedly filmed, providing images of the rituals of the day and idiosyncrasies peculiar to the family.
Jim and Robina Greenyer were however slightly different from the typical amateur home movie film-makers, in that they both had a sustained interest in the medium. Jim Greenyer took cine lessons and gave film shows at youth clubs. Jim Greenyer also worked at a photographic shop in Hove. Robina Greenyer was a member of the Albany Film Unit. The couple's connection with the Albany Film Unit led to members of their immediate family performing in front of the camera in a number of fictional productions, such as The Vision (ca. 1973).
Screen Archive South East 's collection of films made by Jim Greenyer also include films of local interest such as [Film Classes at Sellaby House Adult Education Centre] (ca. 1970) and BBC Radio Brighton (1966 - 1968?).
Films in this collection:
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A Trip to Italy
Film of a couple on holiday to Italy. They travel on board the 'Kenya Castle' cruise liner to Gibraltar, then onto Italy, visiting Viareggio, Pisa, Rome, Cervia, San Marino and Florence. The film has inter-titles throughout.
Our Holiday Abroad
A group of young people on a camping holiday in Dieppe(?) in France. The group are seen pitching their tents, fetching supplies, taking trips in a rickety van, playing games and visiting city centres including Rouen and Paris.
[London to Brighton Vintage Car Race]
Film of the London to Brighton Veteran Car Run, showing the cars arriving at the finish line on Madeira Drive, in Brighton; shots of crowds and officials; and traffic on the A23.
Our Vanishing Heritage: Hangleton Manor
A period of rapid urban development in Hove prompts amateur film-makers to produce a film about Hangleton Manor. Parts of the building have fallen into disrepair and the future of the manor is uncertain. The film highlights features of the building, explains its historical significance and argues that it should be preserved for future generations to enjoy.
Film of a variety of subjects including: a garden full of flowers in bloom; scenes at Sheffield Park Gardens; the construction of a small pond; a group picnicing and camping in the countryside; a marching band and scenes at a funfair.
[Fishing; Royal Visit; Salcombe Holiday]
Amateur film showing a group camping by a lakeside, fishing; a visit by the HM The Queen to an athletics field, where a gymnastics display is held; and a holiday to Salcombe in Devon.
[Sports and Activities]
A group of young people take part in a variety of activities including: water skiing; a tug of war match; flying a light aircraft, after which the group of young people pose for the camera; driving a car around a field; rock climbing; camping and sailing. The film ends with scenes of a lifeboat launch at Shoreham harbour
Film of the Greenyer family at different times of the year. The film, accompanied in places with music and sound effects, shows: Mrs Greenyer and her daughter Emma Jane picking bluebells in Spring; scenes of a man water-skiing on a lake; and the home at Winter time, with the garden covered with snow and baubles on the Christmas tree.
BBC Radio Brighton
|Date||[1967 - 1968?]||ID||3539|
An amateur film which charts the early days of BBC Radio Brighton. The film includes scenes of the offices being converted, the station manager touring the region, and recordings on location. The station's first transmission officially began on the 14th February 1968, though it made unscheduled broadcasts in December 1967 to cover local severe snowstorms.
[Let's Take a Close Look]
The Sellaby House Film Unit experiments with various recording techniques. A small toy skeleton is manipulated to make an animation and a number of everyday objects are filmed at close range. The film begins and ends with a close-up of a man's eye and is accompanied by a music soundtrack.
St. John Ambulance
|Date||1966 - 1967||ID||3620|
This film produced by the Sellaby House Film Group promotes the work of the St. John Ambulance first aid charity. People are involved in accidents in four fictional scenarios. The film shows the wrong and then the right way to administer first aid in each situation.
[Fairground. House and Garden]
Scenes of children, including Emma-Jane Greenyer, riding on a fairground merry-go-round, fairground prizes and crowds at the fair. Children are then seen playing in a tent on the lawn. Final scenes show house rooftops and gardens with downland in the distance.
[At the Seaside]
Amateur film about the services provided by the State including education, health and leisure. The film shows scenes of Brighton and Hove town and seafront, accompanied by a commentary.
[Adult Education Classes]
Various activities being undertaken at adult education classes at Sellaby House Education Centre, Portslade. Classes shown include sculpture, flower arranging, and pottery.
An experimental film which includes a series of spilt images throughout. The images appear as two circular pictures horizontally placed side by side. Scenes include a child playing, fairground rides, gardens and lakes at Wakehurst Place and the miniature railway at Hove Park.
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