Title ID 8347Collection ID1057
Title[Milkround; Sports Day] A Fishy Story
Date1963; 1960
CollectionArthur Nixey
Genre/TypeAmateurFamily Home MovieIndependent AmateurNon-fictionActuality/Factual
ThemeFamily Life Rural Life
KeywordsBridges Children Family Games Landscape Men Motor Vehicles Rivers Rural Areas Service Industries Sport
RegionalWest Sussex
NationalEngland United Kingdom
ProductionArthur Nixey Bill Pain
CameraArthur Nixey
DirectorArthur Nixey; Bill Pain
ProducerArthur Nixey
CastBill Pain; W. Pain; Philip; David; Doreen
ParticipantsMilkman - Bill Turner
FormatColour Silent
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details


This film opens with a portrait of a milkman on his rounds with his milk float in Balcombe, followed by groups of children competing in a school sports day event and a short comedy fiction film about a group that go fishing.


This film opens with a fast-paced portrait sequence of a Milkman on his rounds in Balcombe and socialising with the villager. Two women stand with the milkman for portrait shots outside the Half Moon public house in Balcombe.

The second section opens with mixed views of a multi-school sports day event with children running races on a playing field. Competitors are from three local schools Balcombe, Handcross, and Cuckfield with a close-up of the score board. Children play in a playground on swings and two boys run behind a woman on a bike. The sequence ends with a home-made end title of a boy holding a 'The End' sign standing in a garden.

The next section opens with a title '... presents A Fishy Story By Bill Pain' (Title is clipped at opening in original film) followed by a series of production credits and a location slate 'Rocky Mead June 1960'. This slapstick style fiction narrative opens with a fisherman standing on a bridge over a river. The fisherman looses his balance as a presumed large fish bites his line. Several children and a man laugh, jump around and point from the river bank at the mans situation. Eventually the man comes to his rescue, helping him reel in the fish. When they finally pull it in they find it is just an old Wellington boot filled with water. The film ends with the children line fishing from the riverbank.