The Region on Film – DVD

Exploring the collection of Screen Archive South East

regiononfilmThis two-disc DVD introduces you to the collection and the work of Screen Archive South East. Disc One provides a thematic introduction to the collection through compilations with music. Disc Two presents a selection of uncut films, giving you a sense of how these films were first seen.

The DVD is not available to buy, but can be accessed at larger libraries throughout Surrey, Sussex and Kent. If you would like further information on how to see the DVD, contact us for details.



More about the DVDs

Disc One

This disc has six sections, all accessed from the main menu.

In England’s Garden (1930s)

  • Archive – The DVD introduces the work of the archive, describing the journey a film takes through the stages of inspection, acquisition, documentation, storage, preservation, digitisation and access.
  • Places – This section of the DVD is devoted to a compilation of extracts of films made in the South East. It presents a journey that visits West Sussex, Surrey, Medway, Kent and East Sussex.
  • Land – The Downs, the Weald, the forests, orchards, fields and gardens – this is the countryside of the South East of England. Films of all of these rural spaces are found in the archive’s collection.
  • Community – Our collection is primarily about communities. There are films in the archive about schools, hospitals, orphanages, the scouts, the guides and other organisations that exist to serve and develop our communities.
  • Seaside – The archive’s collection reveals many aspects of the region’s coastal history through films of holidays and day trips as made by amateurs and publicity films designed to promote local tourism.
  • Abroad – People from the South East have travelled around the world, either for pleasure or work, and often these experiences were recorded on film. These travel films were made to bring views of the world to friends and family back home.

All these sections explore different aspects of the collection through introductions and special features.

Disc Two

This disc presents a selection of uncut films, giving you a sense of how these films were first seen. The five films are:

  • Local Scenes and Family Pictures (1927-1929) – A compilation of short films made by the amateur film-maker Percy Nightingale of Kent and Sussex scenes from the late 1920s.
  • Country Rhapsody (late 1930s) – An amateur film that charts the Kent countryside through the course of a year. Its lyrical quality suggests its creation was influenced by either music and/or poetry.
  • The Royal Surrey County Hospital (1936) – This is a fund-raising film from the pre-NHS era that was made to encourage the public to make donations and raise funds for the Royal Surrey County Hospital at Guildford.
  • All Go Margate (1970) – Television personality Michael Aspel introduces this publicity film of 1970 that promotes Margate as a “favourite family resort”.
  • By Ship to Colombo (1929) – In October 1929, Catherine and Thomas Burne of Sussex filmed part of their return trip to Malaya, where they were both stationed.

Restoration Notes and Credits

Screen Archive South East (SASE) thanks all of its donors and depositors for enabling us to undertake our public work and incorporating some of their films into this promotional DVD. The Heritage Lottery Fund provided this production with invaluable support. All the films in this DVD have been used within the terms of the agreements the Archive has with the relevant donors and depositors. Please contact the Archive if you have any queries related to our use of these films. Further information is also available on how the films on DVD were restored, compiled and edited.
Download the full credit list and restoration notes

Find out more about the work of the archive in the About Us section of this web site.