Collection David R. Durant Films
A collection of family films by Sussex based amateur film-maker David R. Durant. They include family holidays across Sussex, the West Country, Wales, Germany and France in the 1970s to early 1980s. The Sussex based collection also shows the wreck of Athena B on Brighton Beach and Durant's family at Chessington Zoo in the late 1970s. A series of transport films includes a car rally and several local air shows and displays.
|Collection ID||946||Reference code||BH 071210|
|Title||David R. Durant Films|
|Dates||1970s - 1980s|
|Production||David R. Durant|
|Materials||FILM Super 8mm|
|Access status||Contact Screen Archive South East for details|
Films in this collection:
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A compilation showing three children playing on a wooden horse drawn cart; portraits in slow motion of family members in the countryside running towards the camera; a girl playing with a dog and a stick; views from a moving car on a rural road; family walking in the countryside next to a lake; portrait of a boy talking to camera [no sound]; a Common Sparrow eating a piece of bread; Village Fayre and spectators watching the inflating of a hot air balloon.
[Holiday in Wales]
This home movie features a family holiday to Wales. The film includes scenes of the journey from England into Wales, a hot air balloon display (G-AZJI), and a stop on the A303 to look at Stonehenge. The family drive over the Severn Bridge, pass the Tintern Abbey ruins at Chepstow, the "Talocher Farmhouse Hotel", "St David's Precinct Wall" (Bishop's Palace), have a picnic next to a boating lake and watch a group of Morris dancers perform. The final scenes show the family in an indoor pool.
[Children in Domestic Garden]
This compilation of family scenes shows two boys playing together near a garden pond and on a wooden sea-saw in a domestic garden, followed by a family group feeding horses and a donkey in a field with some close ups [out of focus]. The film closes with a shot of a boy and girl eating a meal in the garden at a low table. The boy spits out a whole spring onion on to his plate.
[Park; Rural Scenes]
This compilation shows a young girl on a bicycle in a park, a group of people in a park playing cricket with slow motion shots; followed by rural scenes of cows in a field, Ciskins trying to drink from a water trough and children feeding ponies over a fence.
[Chessington Zoo; Scottish Marching Band]
This edited compilation shows scenes at Chessington Zoo including the fairground rides in the park. The next part shows a Scottish marching band parading through a park and a light aircraft flying at distance over the houses, landing in a field. The film closes with a shot of a House Sparrow sitting on a nest box holding nesting material in its beak.
Sheffield Park Garden
A short amateur film from the 1970s featuring a family visit to Sheffield Park Garden, East Sussex followed by scenes of a woman sat in the back of a car filmed in slow motion. The film then shows a group of adults walking in a woodland and hitting golf balls in a park (?).
[Ice Cream Van; Snowy Scenes]
A short compilation showing a close up of a child’s face with her missing two front teeth, followed by two children buying Ice lollies from an ice cream van (Mister Softie) in a car park - [a Fab and a single flavour lolly]. The second section shows a child pulling a sledge/toboggan up a snowy hill on the South Downs [similar scenes on 7827]
[Air Display; German Holiday[?]]
A compilation showing an aircraft at high altitude (glider?) with a parachutist leaving the aircraft; Several German light aircraft "D-EBLP", "D-EALC" on a runway; views of the Hermann monument [Hermannsdenkmal] or Arminius Monument in the Teutoburg Forest region of Germany. Several domestic scenes of the children swimming in an outdoor pool close the film (continued on tid 7299).
[Rural Scenes; Holiday]
A compilation showing a family holiday to the Teutoburg Forest region of Germany. Scenes include shots of the family picking grasses and flowers in a rural garden setting, the children swimming in an outdoor pool [also on tid 7297]; views of a small square or a park with a memorial statue and a series of wide shots featuring residential houses with a giant oak tree marked 1927. The film closes with shots of an Airfield with light aircraft and gliders landing and taking off [also on tid 7297].
A short amateur silent film featuring a family visit to a fairground and a zoo (Chessington ?). Children are seen alongside their parents enjoying the traditional fairground style rides. The latter part of the film includes shots of various zoo animals.
Family Christmas gathering
A short amateur home movie from the early 1970s featuring a brief scene of two children feeding a horse and donkey over a fence, family Christmas celebrations at home with portraits of the group opening Champaign and the children playing in a garden.
[Tobogganing; Rural Scenes; Welly-Wanging]
A short amateur film featuring children of the Durant family tobogganing in the snow on the South Downs. The film also includes a brief shot of Isfield Post Office and a Welly-Wanging contest on a recreation ground (more on 7308), watched by spectators (Isfield?)
Holiday in France
A short amateur film featuring a family holiday to France from the mid 1970s. The film includes views from a 'British Caledonian' aeroplane [G-AWYV] at it takes off from Gatwick Airport and lands in France, children playing on a peddle go-cart on a residential street, closing rural views of the landscape.
A short amateur film from the 1970s featuring a large gathering of people in a field for a village Welly-Wanging competition on a recreation ground [also on TID: 7827]. This is followed by scenes of a person hang gliding and a woman swimming in the sea.
London to Brighton Vintage Car Rally
This short amateur silent film from the 1970s features a series of close up's of a grasshopper, flowers and a compilation of scenes from the London to Brighton vintage car rally. Vehicles are filmed travelling south along the Old London Road at Pyecombe with other road traffic.
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