Title ID 3188Collection ID1290
Title[Family at Southwick: Girl Exercising; Family Portraits]
Date[ca. 1940s]
Genre/TypeAmateurIndependent AmateurNon-fictionActuality/Factual
ThemeFamily life
KeywordsAnimals Domestic Gardens Family Dance Play Uniforms
RegionalWest Sussex
NationalEngland United Kingdom
ProductionNot known
FormatBlack & White Silent
Duration15 min. 30 sec.
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details


Home movie footage taken by the father of an unknown family, living in Southwick, in the late 1940s. A girl performs amateur gymnastics and dances for the camera and rides on the back of a motorcycle.


A girl is seen with her mother and the family dog in front of the conservatory in the garden. The woman holds up a tabby cat. Her daughter is joined by another girl, both wearing school uniform and berets. They perform high kicks, headstands and forward rolls on the grass. They leap frog over one another, smiling and laughing. The girl dances a highland jig, wearing a school pinafore, shirt and tie, for the camera. She is seen leaping over the bench in the garden, wearing gym shorts, and kicking the cat out of the way to perform further forward rolls on the grass. She sits with her mother on the lawn and bench, and plays on a swing, moving backwards and forwards, towards and away from the camera, which films her straight on. Her mother holds up a small dog and the tabby cat to the camera, one under each arm. The girl is seen hanging upside down on the swing, and swinging with her front resting on the board.

A man attempts to start the engine of his motorcycle by the side of a road. He drives towards the camera with the girl, previously seen playing in the garden, on the back. They steer the bike out of a driveway and drive off. The girl's mother is seen in the garden, holding a plate. The girl walks through the garden, swinging a tennis racket, arm in arm with a young man in naval uniform. She bounces a tennis ball on the lawn, the family dog at her feet. Her mother joins them, walking around the small lawn, before they sit on a bench behind the trellis. The family members stand together, the dog in the girl's arms.