Title ID 3740Collection ID71
TitleA Sussex Symphony
Date1946; [1950?]
ThemeRural Life Seaside Case Study Brighton
KeywordsBeaches Castles Landscape Leisure Time Activities Piers Racing Religious Buildings Rivers Rural Areas Seaside Resorts
LocalBodiam Brighton Etchingham Goodwood Rye
RegionalBrighton and Hove East Sussex West Sussex
NationalEngland United Kingdom
ProductionMatthew Nathan
DirectorMatthew Nathan
Format16mm Colour Sound
Duration11 min. 30 sec.
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details


A travelogue which explores the East and West Sussex countryside, following the path of the River Rother, visiting Brighton and Goodwood Racecourse.


The film opens with a shot of a map of Sussex. The camera then follows the path of the River Rother, passing through farmland, and picturesque hamlets, villages and towns. The tour stops at Etchingham, filing the interior and exterior of the Parish Church; at Bodiam Castle; and at Rye with its historic fortifications and houses. The mouth of the River Rother has been reached.

On a summer's day, Brighton beach heaves with sunbathers, swimmers and boats. Families find entertainment at the Lido, and on The Palace Pier where the amusements, deckchairs and a Punch and Judy show find favour.

General views of the South Downs, including the beech trees which form Chanctonbury Rings, are followed by images of Goodwood Racecourse. Smartly dressed racegoers fill the grandstand and bookies area on 1 August 1946 to watch the horseracing.

The film ends with images of the West Sussex countryside, including its farmland, hamlets and churches.


A still from 'Sussex Symphony' (1950) showing a rural scene