Collection John Mitchell
John Mitchell made several film portraits of Brighton and Sussex in the 1960s, primarily focusing on visitor attractions.
|Collection ID||121||Reference code||WS 990525 / 2|
|Production||John P. Mitchell (Brother of donor)|
|Materials||FILM Standard 8mm Audio EPHEMERA VIDEO DOCUMENTATION|
|Access status||Contact Screen Archive South East for details|
Film-maker, John Mitchell, was a member of the Brighton & Hove Photographic Club. He made several vibrant film portraits of Brighton and Hove and Sussex in the 1960s, primarily focusing on visitor attractions. For example, many of his films include scenes in the Brighton area such as the attractions on the Palace Pier, fairground rides, the Volk's Electric Railway, and the London to Brighton Veteran Car Rally. Other films show excursions to London and to other locations including the Farnborough Air Show, The Bluebell Railway and the wildlife animal parks at Longleat and Bentley.
Amongst the films of entertainment and activities in the region, John Mitchell's films also represent other sides of life in Brighton. These include footage of an Armistice Day memorial ceremony, fishermen at work at Shoreham Harbour, and delegates gathering at a Labour Party Conference.
Films in this collection:
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A portrait of Brighton made by a local amateur cameraman, featuring several notable events such as the Veteran Car Rally and Armistice Day.
Beautiful Brighton and Hove
Beginning and ending with what appears to be an acted drama, the main bulk of the film comprises shots around Brighton's features of the Palace pier, the Pavilion, the fountain in the Old Stein, and various parks and gardens around the town.
Looking at Sussex
|Date||[ca. 1960]; 1961; 1962||ID||4022|
A technically proficient, colour amateur film of Amberley and Arundel in West Sussex, and Brighton, East Sussex in the spring; featuring an acted sequence, and footage of the 80th Annual Conservative party conference in Brighton, held between 11th and 14th October 1961.
Visit to Leonardslee Gardens
An amateur film of a day out at Leonardslee gardens, West Sussex, exploring the grounds, resident kangaroo and flowers.
[The Drunken Writer]
A short, amateur comedy drama about a 'mad professor' drinking gin as he writes/experiments with a typewriter. The typewriter sparks and emits smoke as the man drinks, dances and sings to himself. The gin bottle 'magically' empties itself, filmed in stop motion.
A short amateur film compiled of newspaper clippings, television news and some original footage both in colour and black and white, of Russian Soviet Pilot and Cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin's visit to England shortly after his historic orbit of the earth in 1961 in his Vostok 1 spacecraft.
[Visit to Bentley Farm at Ringmer]
A very short film in the gardens at Bentley Farm featuring other film enthusiasts, setting up their cine cameras. The film also shows people looking around the grounds, a child playing with a football and a flower display.
A short film of Shoreham Harbour, shot on a misty day. The film features fishing boats, men working at the waterside, several shots of the lock, the power station, and a family on board a small boat. [Note: online clip is mute]
[Compilation: Air Display; London Trip; 61st Labour Conference]
A short amateur film in three parts, the first is of Shoreham air show, the second a day out at London Bridge and finally a short film featuring the 61st Labour Party Conference in Brighton.
[Compilation: Heathrow Airport; Portsmouth; Hove Greyhound Stadium; Tower of London]
|Date||[ca. 1961 - 1962]||ID||4030|
This film is broken down into several parts: scenes at an airport, 'Telephone House' and people working in it, shots of Nelson's 'Victory' in Portsmouth, a scene of HM The Queen visiting Hove greyhound stadium, footage at the Tower of London as well as two short home made adverts for film stock. Only a short clip available online.
The Palace Pier
A portrait of Brighton’s Palace Pier by a local cine enthusiast. The film follows the Brighton and Hove Photographic Club’s trip to the pier.
Farnborough Air Show
Film of the Farnborough Air Show in September 1961 featuring air displays with various planes and helicopters, including a number of prototype aircraft.
[Compilation: 1: Historic Railways; 2: Advert; 3: The Sound of Music]
|Date||1962 - 1963||ID||4014|
A well produced amateur film in 3 parts. The film begins with a study of local small railways. There is a short advert and then a tribute to Rodgers and Hammerstein productions, focusing on the Sound of Music.
The Fun of the Fair
A vibrant look at a fairground; the rides, the sideshows, the crowd and the people working there. A musical accompaniment is mixed with sounds and voices from the fairground.
A short semi narrative amateur film looking at the making and distribution of teleprinter machines.
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