Collection Bognor Regis Film Society / Guermonprez
This collection comprises over 50 films offering a unique portrait of life in Bognor in the 1920s and 1930s by Harry Guermonprez, co-founder of the Bognor Regis Film Society.
|Collection ID||1093||Reference code||WS 090507|
|Title||Bognor Regis Film Society / Guermonprez|
|Dates||1920s - 1930s|
|Materials||FILM FILM EQUIPMENT EPHEMERA 9.5mm 16mm|
|Access status||Contact Screen Archive South East for details|
The Harry Guermonprez film collection dating from the 1920s and 1930s includes beach scenes in Bognor in the 1920s; various weddings in the town; a ladies’ motorcycle race in 1927; the visit by HM King George V in 1929 and several fiction, documentary, transport and local actuality films. The films were principally shot by local historian and naturalist Harry Guermonprez, who later went on to become co-founder of the Bognor Regis Film Society from 1938.
Guermonprez was a photographer by trade; first in Bognor where he managed one of the chemists and photography shops (seen in TID: 8157) owned by Edward Cleeves, and then in Chichester, where he set up Chichester Photographic Services. After the Second World War he photographed scenes taken in and around the city, many of them for the Chichester Observer. His collection of hundreds of glass plate negatives are now held at the West Sussex Record Office. See also the Bognor Regis Film Society collection CID: 694
Films in this collection:
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[Naval Review and Cowes: The Late King at Portsmouth on his Way to the Naval Review]
A film documenting the King's visit to a Naval Review at Portsmouth, with street scenes outside the Majestic Picture House Cinema. The second film shows scenes of the Jubilee Regatta at Cowes, with mixed class sailing yachts and naval vessels.
[Silver Jubilee George V]
|Date||[25 May 1935]||ID||8186|
A short Dufaycolor film made by the Bognor Regis Film Society, which shows celebrations in the town, to mark the Silver Jubilee of George V in 1935. Large crowds line the street to watch as a parade of floats and walking groups processes through the decorated town. Dufaycolor was an early film system that employed a matrix of red, green and blue to produce colour on film. This matrix pattern is clearly in evidence in the online clips.
[BRFS Test Film: Cross Currents]
|Date||[1936 - 1937?]||ID||8182|
A short test film produced by the Bognor Regis Film Society in the making of a longer fiction film entitled Cross Currents. The film, recorded on location in a harbour, opens with members of the society in medium close-up talking to each other. Following this, scenes from the film are seen being acted out on board a tall sailing ship. The full film can be found on TID: 9871 - "Cross Currents".
[Family Scenes: Girl Dancing in Garden; Group]
This short film shows the family of Harry Guermonprez, co-founder of the Bognor Regis Film Society. A girl is seen dancing in a garden dressed as a forest sprite or fairy (normal speed and then in slow motion) followed by shots of a group of children and adults running down a hillside towards the camera.
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