|Title ID||4033||Collection ID||121|
|Title||The Palace Pier|
|Theme||Seaside Cine Club Film-making Case Study Brighton|
|Keywords||Boats Leisure Time Activities Piers Seaside Resorts|
|Format||Standard 8mm Colour Silent|
|Duration||5 min. 30 sec.|
|Copyright & Access||Copyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details|
A portrait of Brighton’s Palace Pier by a local cine enthusiast. The film follows the Brighton and Hove Photographic Club’s trip to the pier.
An opening shot of the Palace of Fun amusement arcade is followed by scenes of people paying an entrance fee to the pier. On the pier itself a photographer touts for business, attempting to get passers-by to have their pictures taken. Members of the Photographic Club set up shots with their stills and movie cameras. A young boy takes great care over setting up his camera on a tripod. Two young men enter the helter skelter - The Joy Glide; shots of people sliding down the slide. At the change booth a coin is exchanged for pennies, which are then fed into a variety of slot machines in the Penny Arcade, including an Allwin machine, saucy peepshow machines, pinball, a horserace game and a fruit machine. There is a brief shot of a sailor hitting a punchbag. The camera pans across several painted signs ont he fairgrounds rides and stalls: ‘Thrills Without Spills’, ‘House of Hades’, Coca Cola, Candy Floss. Outside the Ghost Train people pay at the booth, then emerge later, laughing. Anglers fish from a lower jetty. Passengers board a speed boat which takes them along the coast then back under the pier. People watch from deckchairs on the pier. The film then cuts to an elevated view of the coast and quickly pans to a bin full of litter.
The film is a concise portrait of Brighton’s Palace Pier (later renamed Brighton Pier) and of a photographic club practicing their hobby.
John Mitchell was a productive member of the Brighton and Hove Photographic Club; its members and their activities feature in a number of his other films. This film is a good example of how a keen amateur shot and edited his work.
Other films in Screen Archive South East’s collection which also predominantly featuring Brighton include Sussex Symphony (1950?), Brighton (1957?), [Beautiful Brighton and Hove] (ca. 1960) and Brighton Pictures I, II & III (1960s). John Mitchell’s Fun of the Fair (ca. 1962) focuses on fairground rides and visitors to the fair. Screen Archive South East also holds material produced by a number of cine clubs across the region, which focus on local subjects, for example: [Ashford Railway Works: Local Industries and Farming] (ca. 1947).