|Title ID||1122||Collection ID||46|
|Title||The Fatal Shot|
|Keywords||Beaches Children Social Problems|
|Format||Black & White Silent|
|Duration||4 min. 15 sec.|
|Copyright & Access||Copyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details|
An amateur fiction film in which smugglers kidnap a young girl and shoot her dead when she tries to escape from their seafront cave.
This Barnes Brothers film starts with a trio of young bandits, with false beards, drinking in a chalk cliff cave and sharpening knives. One of them emerges from the lair onto the beach where he sees a lone child whose mother has gone to fetch a book. After knocking the child out, he carries her back to the cave. On waking the child escapes but the gang chase after her firing their guns. The girl is shot and her body is put into a sack. The bandits dig a hole in the sand and bury their victim.
Filmed among the chalk cliffs and caves of Kingsgate Bay, Kent, twin brothers John and William Barnes' youthful and gruesome production was made when the boys were in their very early teens. Their sister, Garlick, played the victim while friends of the twins played the bandits.