Title ID 135Collection ID366
TitleThe Four Seasons
Date[ca. 1950s]
CollectionEllis Family
Genre/TypeAmateurIndependent AmateurNon-fictionFamily Life
ThemeRural Life
KeywordsAnimals Beaches Landscape Leisure Time Activities Plants Rural Areas Seasons Spring Summer
RegionalSurrey West Sussex [?]
NationalEngland United Kingdom
ProductionMr Phil Ellis
CameraMr Phil Ellis
FormatColour Silent
Duration6min. 27sec.
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details


This short amateur film features countryside and coastal scenes of Surrey and West Sussex (?) during the 1950s. The group of people featured in the film are seen collecting wild flowers, picnicking and sunbathing on a beach; contrary to its title, the film mainly features scenes in spring and summer.


The opening of the film features a close-up of an Institute of Amateur Cinamatographers certificate awarded to F.H. Ellis. Titles: "The Four Seasons" & "Not Salt Mustard, Etc.".


Trees and bushes with buds and flowers coming into bloom; clumps of wildflowers and pussy willow, surrounded by the remains of snow and ice. A couple standing next to a car on a country lane hold a trug and basket full of yellow flowers; they walk off along the road and turn to face the camera before carrying on. Two children hold a small bunch of wild flowers; they smile towards the camera. Three adults skip with a rope in the road; they take it in turns to jump over the rope. Sheep and lambs run along a track and off into a field.


A group of adults sit on the ground next to a parked car eating sandwiches. A woman stands on a beach wearing a bikini, a man stands next to her; the woman laughs in the direction of the camera. Other people in the group sit on the beach reading and sunbathing. Sign: "The National Trust Hindhead Commons"; a woman collects heather from the common, a man helps her; views out over the countryside from the common; a man looks through binoculars. Brief scenes of a sunset, followed by shots of a path in a wood, a field of wheat, and sheaves tied up and dotted across a field. Scenes of trees blowing in the breeze and a 'Give Way' road sign. The group sit picnicking; a woman holds some bulrushes.

The film ends with a very brief scenes of a county lane, snow is laying on the ground. [IAC ident]


A still from 'The Four Seasons' (ca. 1950s)