Theme Urban Life
Screen Archive South East is rich with images of the region's rural heritage. However the urban landscape of the region's towns and cities has also been captured well in many films over time, held in the archive. Film of Canterbury from the 1920s illustrates the old city alive with a burgeoning assortment of vehicles weaving through the streets. Film of pre-war Worthing also emphasises the increasing levels of trafic on the streets as well as recording the work of the building business run by the film-maker Mr Sparks.
The cathedral city of Chichester is illustated in many films across the decades, showing the ancient buildings, streets filled with shoppers, and one of the city's main industrial firms based there until the 1980s - Shippam's meat and paste factory.
Pre-Second World War film of Crawley shows life and events in this, at the time, small West Sussex town. By contrast, the film A New Town Story (1955) illustrates the rapid post war expansion that took place in the 1950s with the optimistic development of the flegling new town of Crawley.
Smaller towns from around the region are also featured in films from the archive such as Horsham, Folkestone, Burgess Hill, and Arundel. Walton-on-Thames in the 1920s and 1930s is illustrated through community events such as parades, local election results and sports meetings. Scenes around Tunbridge Wells in Kent in the 1950s are featured - including the Town Hall, the Opera House, Pantiles, and Chalybeate Spring.
Brighton is pictured in many of the archive's films as primarily a 'seaside resort', and to some extent, as a cultural centre in the region. Many films of Brighton therefore, have a strong focus on the leisure activities available and the pleasure seeking side of the city. However, several films in the archive illustrate some of the city's less pictured sides and more every-day aspects. This includes films showing images of bikers in Brighton, party conferences, traffic wardens, refuse collection and the main shopping streets and new shopping complexes.
Selected documentaries also illustrate the people and communities that have made a mark on the city of Brighton. The film Who Was Harry Cowley (1984) narrates the life and work of one of Brighton's foremost working-class heroes. And Bhashahara (1990) documents the immigrant Bangladeshi women living in Brighton. The region's growing multicultural population is one that the archive aims to increasingly reflect within its collection.
Films from Brighton from the 21st Century also begin to show the life and history of the city from a modern perspective. Digital City (2003) brings together 24 one minute films made as part of the Cinecity festival 2003, investigating the links between Brighton and its residents.
Films in this theme:
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[Visit to Peking; The Forbidden City]
This black and white family film provides views of the Forbidden City, Beijing and the surrounding buildings. The second film opens with views from a balcony overlooking a courtyard, and shots of the Simpson family car surrounded by a group of local men within a ring of rickshaws.
[Bradford Dyers Association Shanghai; Courtyard]
Film of people in the Bradford Dyers Association (BDA) office in Shanghai, and socialising in a courtyard.
[Ted on Motorcycle]
A compilation showing a man [Ted?] on a motorcycle [TW 1617 - also on 8162] driving on an urban street with a young boy sat behind him; a sign on a gate to a field reads: 'No Thoroughfare by order of Henry Layton Staffurth" with two boys being chased over a gate by a man with a long branch [unsure if this is fact or a short fiction sequence]; closing with a series of portraits of several men smoking cigarettes in a street.
Bognor Gazette: London Ladies MCC at Bognor
|Date||1 April 1927||ID||8161|
This short intertitled film: “Bognor Gazette: London Laides MCC at Bognor” [sic], shows several women on motorcycles driving along the seafront at Bognor on route to Epsom, wearing full motorcycling gear. A group of men cheer them on. Further Intertitles explain the race. The Epsom portion of the race does not feature on this reel.
[The Heath Cinema in Haywards Heath]
A short film of men, women and children queuing to enter the 'Heath' cinema in Haywards Heath during the 1920's, to watch the 1928 silent film 'Baby Cyclone', starring Lew Cody.
|Date||[1928 - 1937]||ID||3184|
Amateur film-makers capture community-centred events in Crawley during the late 1920s and 1930s. Scenes include a parade commemorating the Coronation of King George VI in 1937.
This film shows post wedding events and family scenes outside a house in (Shanghai) China.
[Cars on Seafront]
|Date||[ca. 1929 ?]||ID||8168|
This film shows cars parked on Bognor seafront and crowds of people gathered on the street to watch a motorcade (King's George V Royal visit - not seen) passing though. The spectators wave flags and white handkerchiefs, flooding the road once the motorcade has passed by.
[London at Night in Neon Lights]
|Date||[ca. 1928 - 1935]||ID||9983|
This film shows mixed shots of London at night, illuminated by neon light from street lighting, shop fronts and marketing signage on the front of buildings and theatres. Piccadilly, Leicester Square, Charing Cross all feature with close-ups of signage and street views.
[King Arriving at Bognor; Gathering]
|Date||[ca. June 1929 -1930s]||ID||8143|
A very short film showing a series of street scenes in Bognor that includes cars on a coastal road; people on a road waiting for the cars to pass (possibly for a car or motorcycle club rally?); a car outside Bognor railway station [Possibly King George V arriving at Bognor station by train, before leaving in his car? also repeated on TID 8155].
|Date||[ca. late 1920s - early 1930s]||ID||8155|
A film showing a series of cars outside Bognor Station [Similiar to 8143] possibly with the King George V on board [?].
The Local Traders' Gazette
|Date||[ca. early 1930s]||ID||11284|
A compilation of advertisements for local businesses in Cranbrook, Hawkhurst, Goudhurst, Sissinghurst, Robertsbridge and Ticehurst in Kent. Made for showing at the cinema, the adverts offer brief interior and exterior shots of shops and business premises; occasionally with the shop keepers or owners out front.
Sussex and Hampshire Scenes
|Date||[ca. 1930s]; [ca. 1960s]||ID||3379|
A collection of scenes of Midhurst, Petersfield, Steyning, Horsham, Portsmouth and Worthing, made during the 1930s and early 1960s. The scenes focus on a woman (sometimes accompanied) visiting these towns, with the features of urban life - transport, shopping and leisure activities - providing a backdrop. Shop and business signage is strongly featured.
[Brighton Beach and Activities]
This edited black and white film provides highlights of a variety of different leisure time activities and events undertaken by the Hilson family.
[Winter Sports and Summer Outings in the South East]
This black and white edited film shows a group undertaking a series of winter sports in Switzerland (?), followed by a series of outings that include the Southdown bus depot and a mix of East Kent buses with busy street scenes. The group also visit Herne Bay seafront, Margate Lido and the Dreamland Amusement park.
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