Title ID 1101Collection ID610
TitleThe Poetry of Motion. Exquisites of the Insect World. Old East Sussex. [Hop-picking]
Date[ca. 1930s]
CollectionSpot Botting
Genre/TypeAmateurIndependent AmateurNon-fictionActuality/Factual
KeywordsAircraft Animals Castles Children Farming Labour Landscape Play Rivers Rural Areas
LocalBodiam Egerton Rye Winchelsea
RegionalEast Sussex Kent
NationalEngland United Kingdom
ProductionErnest A. "Spot" Botting
CameraErnest A. "Spot" Botting
DirectorErnest A. "Spot" Botting
FormatBlack & White Silent
Duration12 min. 45 sec.
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details


A compilation of four films made by an amateur film-maker. The films' subject matters include motion which is both man-made and of nature, butterflies, historic East Sussex locales and hop-picking.


The Poetry of Motion The cameraman films a Spartan Three Seater biplane flying over the Kent countryside from a parallel plane. Swans and ducks swim across a serene lake. Children play in a small tributary, building a dam and rowing along it.

Exquisites of the Insect World A sequence of close-up shots with intertitles of a variety of butterflies, including Red Admirals and Cabbage Whites.

Old East Sussex The film-maker records an outing to Rye, Winchelsea and Bodiam Castle, filming the historic buildings and streets.

[Hop-picking] A multi-generational group of women are filmed picking the last of the hops in a field. Their harvest is collected into sacks, tallied and loaded onto waiting vehicles.