Collection Ding Dong Films pt 1


A collection of films from amateur film-maker Roy Bell, showing a series of local scenes and events in Kent during the 1950s and 1960s.

Collection ID72Reference codeK 980915
TitleDing Dong Films pt 1
Dates1950s - 1960s
ProductionDing Dong Films Roy Bell
MaterialsFILM 16mm
Access statusCopyright and access restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details


Amateur film-maker Roy Bell made many films under the guise 'Ding Dong Films'. His well-made productions include scenes and events in Kent during the 1950s and 1960s. His film Herne Bay on Ice (1963) captures the surprising event when the sea froze over. The film has an accompanying commentary about the images and the history of similar local events. Other films of his capture local church and village activities, such as in St. Mary the Virgin, Reculver - A New Chapter Begins (1962 - 1963), and provide portraits of the surrounding area, such as in Speeding the Thanet Way (1968?). Roy Bell’s film collection also includes footage of his 1961 wedding which was filmed by a friend, and scenes of his subsequent honeymoon in Bournemouth and the New Forest.