Detail

Title ID 5914Collection ID836
TitleThe Rally of the Giants
Date[ca. 1980s]
CollectionBeryl Armstrong
Genre/TypeAmateurIndependent AmateurNon-fictionActuality/Factual
ThemeWorking Life Rural Life
KeywordsAnimals Farming Motor Vehicles Men
Location
LocalGoodwood
RegionalWest Sussex
NationalEngland United Kingdom
Credits
ProductionBeryl Armstrong
CameraBeryl Armstrong
ProducerBeryl Armstrong; Richard Armstrong
EditorBeryl Armstrong
NarratorBeryl Armstrong
MusicUnknown
FormatSuper 8mm Colour Sound
Duration00:08:55:15
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details

Summary

This colour film with voice-over narrative and music soundtrack shows highlights of the Southern Counties Heavy Horse Association and Livestock show, near Goodwood in West Sussex. The film provides an overview of the historical use of the horses in UK farming and agriculture, describing the differences between rare breeds and their uses. The film has opening and closing titles and music.

Description

The film provides an overview of the historical use of the horses in UK farming and agriculture, describing the differences between rare breeds and their uses. A Farrier or Blacksmith demonstrates the production of horse shoes to a watching crowd, whilst also tending to the horses. The film's narrative describes the rapid decline of the use of heavy horses in the UK, due to mechanised farming production, whilst the film shows a heavy horse ploughing competition.

There are various shots of brewery livery vehicles being prepared and then drawn by horses. The narrative compares some of the benefits of using horses over motorised vehicles, particularly for marketing and publicising food and drink products. A Heinz branded 'Ploughman's Pickle' cart passes by, with passengers on board.

Stills

A still image from 'The Rally of the Giants' (ca. 1980s)