|Title ID||10146||Collection ID||1171|
|Title||[Boating; School Sports; Drusillas Park]|
|Date||[ca. 1931 - 1937]|
|Theme||Family Life Leisure|
|Keywords||Animals Beaches Boats Children Family Everyday Life Lakes Landscape Leisure Time Activities Steamships Piers Harbours|
|Format||16mm Mixed Colour and Black & White Silent|
|Copyright & Access||Copyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details|
This black and white and colour film shows family leisure activity, with scenes at a boating lake (Isfield), followed by shots from a school sports day, various beach and fishing outings (Beachy Head and Cowdray Park), and a trip to Drusillas Park (Alfriston).
The film begins in black and white with a sequence of various mixed material including: a brief double exposure picnic scene; followed by scenes on a boating lake with hand-cranked paddle boats; a visit from the grandparents; a toddler in a baby carriage; cubs or boy scouts activities; the family in the garden and at on the beach at Seaford. A steam ship is entering the port of Newhaven in the background; a deer park; fishing at the seaside.
The middle section of the film shows a school sports day. Boys perform various exercises sequences in formation (some with wooden rifles) on grass playing fields. There is a fancy-dress parade for the smaller children. Further mixed sequences follow including: a farmer ploughing a field on a horse-drawn plough; a sunset seascape with sail boat; men playing golf; a view of a lighthouse taken from adjacent chalk cliff headland at Beachy Head; two men fishing; ornamental gardens at Cowdray Park; waves breaking on the beach; a boy walking with his father on groynes. These short sequences are followed by a longer section depicting views of a trip to a boating lake at Isfield with several shots taken from the boat. The film closes with another longer sequence, in colour, of a family trip to Drusillas Park, where the family look at the animals and ride on a miniature railway train - a model of the ‘LMS’ (London, Midland and Scottish Railway Co.). The final shots, again in colour, are of a snowball fight on the South Downs, and portraits of the children in the garden.