Collection Sonny Hanson
A collection of films by Ashford resident 'Sonny' Hanson and member films of the Ashford Film Society. The films include a series of fictional works, as well records of local industries and events.
|Collection ID||176||Reference code||K 000324 / 1|
|Dates||1930s - 1960s|
|Production||Hanson, ‘Sonny’. (John Hanson Richardson) Deceased (1901 - 1986) Asfhford Film Society|
|Materials||FILM 16mm 9.5mm|
|Access status||Contact Screen Archive South East for details|
The Sonny Hanson film collection contains a range of films filmed by Ashford resident John Hanson Richardson, who was more commonly known as 'Sonny' Hanson. His interest in amateur film-making began in the 1930s - he made films both independently and as a member of The Ashford Association Film Society. Screen Archive South East holds examples of both. Amongst the independent films are the documentary-inspired films Watery Trail: River Medway (1938) and [Ashford Railway Works: Local Industries and Farming] (ca. 1947). There are also more personal films which record hobbies and holidays. These include [Along the Rauma Railway in Norway] (ca. 1931), [Motor Club Events] (1938; 1939) and [Miniature Railway] (ca. 1967). The films are typically well-made and titled, and are illustrative of an amateur film-maker who was not only enthusiastic towards the craft, but who was also highly skilled.
The films of The Ashford Association Film Society which form part of the Sonny Hanson collection also demonstrate skillful amateur work. Sonny Hanson alternated his role between cameraman, director and scriptwriter in the Society's productions. They are all silent fictional films and include Mrs Newlywed's First Dinner (1940s), Cinderella. A New Version of an Old Story (1948?) and The Magician's Wife Makes The Christmas Cake (late 1940s). The films are typically extensive works of fiction, which utilized the talents of amateur enthusiasts both in front of and behind the camera.
Films in this collection:
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Cinderella: A new version of an old story
A humourous, contemporary retelling of Cinderella, complete with ugly sisters, a fairy godmother and Prince Charming. The film was made by The Ashford Association Film Society and includes an early acting appearance by British radio and television presenter Robert 'Bob' Holness.
The Ashford Carnival and Shopping Week
|Date||8 - 12 October 1949||ID||753|
The Corn Exchange plays host to two events during The Ashford Carnival and Shopping Week. The first, the crowning of the Carnival Queen, takes place outside the building, watched by a large crowd. The second, the Grand Baby Show, takes place in the main hall where the young entrants are entertained by a man dressed as a baby.
Just The Ticket
A humourous fiction film made by The Ashford Association Film Society about a football fan's struggle to go to a Cup Tie at Wembley Stadium.
A colour amateur film which records a quiet boat trip along the River Medway, filming locks, bridges and riverside buildings.
A short film of the amateur filmmaker Sonny Hanson organising rides for local children and friends on his miniature steam train which runs on a raised track around the perimeter of his front garden.
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