Title ID 10151Collection ID1171
Title[First Pictures in Colour]
Genre/TypeAmateurFamily Home MovieNon-fictionFamily Life
ThemeFamily Life Seaside
KeywordsFilm Making Everyday Life Family Plants Gardening Swimming Armed Forces Music Beaches Seaside Resorts Children Sport Fetes Dance
RegionalEast Sussex
NationalEngland United Kingdom
ProductionCharles Bernard Henning
CameraCharles Bernard Henning
Format16mm Colour Silent
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details


This film is a compilation of various scenes of flowers and gardens, the seaside, children at play, a school summer fete and 'still life' compositions, intended to showcase the film-maker's first experiments in colour film.


Titles: 'My First Pictures in Natural Colours (Kodachrome film)' Intertitle: 'Taken at Seaford - Sussex; Summer 1936; Photographed by Bernard Henning'

The film begins with views of a garden in full bloom. Following this are various shots of women and children playing on a swing, swimming at the beach, and later walking home still in their bathing suits. There are further scenes at the beach showing a larger family group, in the shade of a parasol, and more swimming; followed by views of roses in the garden. Next is a short scene showing the activities the Ladycross School sport's day, with boys in uniform, and a three-legged race. This then cuts back to the garden where the children are shown playing while their mother does some gardening. This scene is followed by a school fete, showing a play being performed outside by young girls; pony rides, and a balloon race. Cutting back to the garden again, various still life compositions of cut flowers, vases and plates are sequentially set up on a table against a dark cloth background. Further shots show the garden and the child playing on the swing. A short shot of a Scottish (military?) marching band in procession up a residential street ends the film.


A still from [First Pictures in Colour] (1936)