Title ID 10144Collection ID1171
Title[Bognor; Derby; Wedding; Hendon]
Date28 June 1930; 3 June 1931
Genre/TypeAmateurFamily Home MovieNon-fictionActuality/Factual
ThemeTransport Leisure Family Life
KeywordsAircraft Leisure Time Activities Animals Beaches Children Family Mothers Men Cars Weddings Women Swimming
LocalBognor Regis Epsom Hendon
RegionalWest Sussex Surrey
NationalEngland United Kingdom
ProductionCharles Bernard Henning
CameraCharles Bernard Henning
Format16mm Black & White Silent
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details


This black and white film consists of four parts: a young mother and child swimming and playing on the beach at Bognor; scenes of horse racing at the Epsom Derby; family scenes and a wedding; and views from the Hendon Air Display. The extensive Derby and Hendon sections make up the majority of this film.


The film opens on the Bognor Regis seafront with a short compilation of shots of a woman and child wading in the sea. Three planes fly in an arrow formation overhead. A woman and child sit on a blanket in a garden setting. Further shots show a woman and child wading in the sea follow. The Epsom Derby (1931) section begins with sequences shot in the car park with the race course in the background followed by a shot of a clown with a squeezebox next to a car, whilst men inside look on laughing. Groups of men and women are shown in and around the cars. This is followed by more shots of the betting areas; the crowd gathering; souvenir sellers; wide shots of the crowd and track taken from atop a car. Views of the races follow. This section closes with scenes of the crowd dispersing including an birds eye-view shot of ladies pouring drinks in an open-top car and a shot of a man in the crowd carrying a religious placard reading “The wicked shall be turned into hell”.

The next sequence is a set of very short shots of a young child at play, a couple leaving in a car, and a bride and groom leaving church showered by confetti from the crowd.

The final section at the Hendon Air Display (1930) is compiled of mixed shots of various aircraft - including bi-planes and the airship R101(G-FAAW) - either tethered, flying in formation, or taking off and landing. Parachute and 'skywriting' displays, are followed by a controlled explosion of a barrage balloon.


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