Title ID 3167Collection ID694
TitleBognor Regis Review
Date1929; [ca. 1930s]
CollectionBognor Regis Film Society
Genre/TypeAmateurCine/Video clubNon-fictionNewsreel/News
ThemeCine Club Film-making Seaside Fashion
KeywordsAircraft Animals Beaches Boats Clothing Entertainment Leisure Time Activities Motor Vehicles Religious Buildings Royalty Shops Sport Storms Fashion Beachwear Uniforms
LocalBognor Regis
RegionalWest Sussex
NationalEngland United Kingdom
ProductionBognor Regis Film Society
ProducerBognor Regis Film Society
ParticipantsMahatma Gandhi; HM King George V; Queen Mary; Miss Verion
Format9.5mm Black & White Silent
Duration36 min. 30 sec.
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details


A compilation of local news in and around Bognor Regis. The items have been edited together at a later date; intertitles, some animated, introduce each item.


The newsreel opens with a close-up of Sir Richard Hotham’s gravestone (the founder of Bognor). Scenes of King George V and Queen Mary on the road and arriving at Craigwell for the King’s convalescence are quickly followed by crowds lining the streets of Bognor on the King’s departure and scenes of Bognor’s tribute to the King on his death; a slow-marching procession of police, military and fire brigade.

On the beach, bathing huts lay strewn in pieces, debris floats in the rough sea. Crowds watch as people try to save their goods.

Scenes of flooding after a summer downpour in Bognor town centre and nearby Pulborough. A football match between Bognor and Chichester. Cricketers at Bognor Cricket Club and a cricket match in progress, some people look on, including a man in a large wicker wheelchair. An exterior view of ‘The Gresham’. Mahatma Gandhi is shown leaving his friend’s house in Bognor. Clergy, including the Bishop of Chichester, gather for the consecration of Aldwick Church. Freemasons from the Gordon and Felpham Lodge leave the church in their aprons and sashes after a service; some carry embroidered banners.

Several exterior shots of Cleeves’ Chemist shops at different locations around Bognor Regis. Most bear large Kodak advertisements. Intertitles promote the photographic services offered. Scenes on the busy seafront show a bustling Bognor; cars and buses arrive and leave. ‘Eve’s Holiday Wear’ is modelled by several women on the seafront and beach. A woman in a swimsuit dances for the camera, others do handstands and play leapfrog. A deckchair attendant issues tickets on the crowded beach. People paddle and bathe in the sea, children take donkey rides and boat trips. The Jack Allen Express Girls perform a high-kicking dance routine on the beach. Two women, one in Victorian-style dress the other in 1930s swimwear pose for the camera.

The ‘Daily Mirror 8’ perform an exercise routine on the grass near the seafront. A large crowd watch several other acts including a juggler, a high-kick dance routine and balancing acts. ‘Arthur Lang - World Yo Yo Champion’ performs yo-yo tricks. An elephant walks through the street advertising the circus’s arrival in town. A procession of circus people, horses and baby elephants follow.

A man on the beach addresses a crowd through a megaphone; people dig in the sand with spades. Lifeguards from the ‘Daily Sketch Lifesaving Team’ gives a demonstration on the beach. A steamer arrives at the crowded pier. Men board the Brighton Belle (Bristol). High-divers, including an escapologist and a man on a bike, jump off the end of the pier.

Sir Alan Cobham’s Air Circus featuring biplanes, the Autogyro and the Flying Flea, are shown on the ground and in flight. There are also wing-walking demonstrations. A Graf Zeppelin airship flies over houses. People board one of Alan Cobham’s planes, including competition-winner Miss Verion. Aerial views over Bognor’s coast. The passengers are shown leaving the plane.


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Contextual information

1930s Bognor attracted large amount of people recuperating; the resort’s increased popularity is evident in the crowded seafront scenes, showing a large volume of traffic. The increase in Bognor’s popularity after the King’s visit is well-documented in this compilation. The first section of the compilation is most likely material shot by Harry Guermonprez before the formation of the Bognor Regis Film Society (BRFS). The newsreel itself was compiled at a later date. Throughout the 1930s, the BRFS produced several newsreels (as well as dramas), recording everyday scenes and special events in the West Sussex seaside town. The Society was often mentioned in Home Movies & Home Talkies and their films also critiqued and occasionally awarded prizes by Amateur Cine World. The first BRFS meeting was held in Cleeves Chemist on the High Street (featured in this film). Harry Guermonprez also managed one of the Cleeves shops.

Other examples of locally produced newsreels in Screen Archive South East’s collection include Local News (1951) by Albany Productions Film Unit and Leatherhead Newsreel (1939 - 1945). The Haywards Heath Cine and Video Society also continue to make local newsreels on video, Mid Sussex Newsreel (2002) and Mid Sussex Newsreel (2003).

Fashion Notes: The film shows footballers, cricketers and gymnasts in sportswear. Holiday wear and bathing costumes also feature in the film, along with examples of firemen and lifeguards dressed in uniform.

Fashion keywords: bathing suits, swimming caps, uniforms

For further information see Screen Search Fashion online resource.

Related titles

Related resources


Eyles, Allen, Frank Gray, and Alan Readman. Cinema West Sussex: The First Hundred Years. Chichester: Phillimore & Co Ltd, 1996

The book includes a concise history of the Bognor Regis Film Society. Copies are available at the West Sussex Record Office and at Screen Archive South East.


British Film Institute National Archive & BFI Reuben Library

The BFI in London holds many ‘How To’ manuals and publications giving advice to the amateur film-maker and cine societies. The catalogue is searchable online.

West Sussex Record Office

The West Sussex Record Office (WSRO) holds many items relating to the Bognor Regis Film Society including newspaper cuttings and programmes for the film shows organised by the Society. The WSRO collections can also be searched using the National Archives website.


Amateur Cine World

Reports on the activities of the Bognor Regis Film Society often appeared in Amateur Cine World. The Society’s films were also critiqued and occasionally awarded prizes by the magazine. Copies are available at the British Film Institute Library.

Home Movies & Home Talkies

Reports on the activities of the Bognor Regis Film Society often appeared in this magazine. Copies are available at the British Film Institute Library.


Institute of Amateur Cinematographers

“An international organisation whose aims are to further interest and education in relation to all aspects of film and video making and associated visual arts.” The website has links to further useful resources as well as lists of cine clubs and societies nationwide.

Screen Search Fashion

This online resource provides a thematic guide for students interested in fashion and dress. The site offers pathways into aspects of fashion and dress as depicted in archive film from the inter-war period in the Screen Archive South East collections.