Detail

Title ID 5510Collection ID713
TitleStory of a River
Date1967
CollectionHaywards Heath Cine Society pt2
Genre/TypeAmateurCine/Video clubNon-fictionActuality/Factual
ThemeCine Club Film-Making Rural Life
KeywordsBoats Bridges Cultural Heritage Dance Folklore Industry Interiors Lakes Landscape Local History Nature Reserves Parks Railways Rivers Rural Areas Steam Locomotives Trades Urban Areas Villages
Location
LocalNewhaven Ashfold Horsham Isfield Uckfield Lewes Piddinghoe
RegionalWest Sussex East Sussex
NationalEngland United Kingdom
Credits
ProductionHaywards Heath Cine & Video Society
ProducerHaywards Heath Cine & Video Society
Other creditsHaywards Heath Cine & Video Society
FormatColour Sound
Duration27 min.
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details

Summary

This amateur colour documentary film with poetic voice over, narrative and instrumental soundtrack, follows the River Ouse from Horsham to Barcombe and back via Lewes and Newhaven. The film provides a historical narrative of the local area, with some comedy narrative mixed with poetry readings, anecdotal references and quotes from previous residents, closing with a summary. This film won the Sussex Film Festival Sound Trophy in 1971.

Description

This amateur colour documentary film with poetic voice over, narrative and instrumental soundtrack, follows the River Ouse from Horsham to Barcombe and back via Lewes and Newhaven. The film provides a historical narrative of the local area, with some comedy narrative mixed with poetry readings, anecdotal references and quotes from previous residents. Starting at the Wheatsheaf Public House in Horsham, the film follows the River Ouse via Hammer Hill tracing its path through the countryside along streams canals and lakes, to reach its resting point at Barcombe Mills where it joins the River Uck. The film then returns via Balcombe to Newhaven through Lewes and Piddinghoe. Several landmarks are shown enroute including a viaduct, pumping station with interior working machinery; Ardingly Station and tracks used for freight; Lindfield Bridge; Deans Mill with water wheel; East Mascall's House; The Sloop Inn; Sheffield Park Gardens and grounds with main house; Bluebell Steam Railway at Sheffield Park Station with locomotive 473 'Wealden Rambler' at the station; Shortbridge Mill; a Mill at Isfield with interior shots of the working machinery; Barcombe Village - Morris Dancers dancing in the street outside the Angler's Rest at Barcombe; Barcombe Mills; Hamsey Church; Lewes Castle, High street and Harvey's Brewery; Piddinghoe Village; Newhaven with boats and ships mooring at the harbour. The film closes with with an end title and a summary of the events and locations visited.

This film won the Sussex Film Festival Sound Trophy in 1971.