Title ID 121Collection ID366
TitleOuting to Kent and Family Scenes
Date1948 - 1950
CollectionEllis Family
Genre/TypeAmateurIndependent AmateurNon-fictionFamily Life
ThemeFamily life
KeywordsFamily Landscape Memorials Motor Vehicles Outings Piers [Palace Pier, Brighton] Piers [West Pier, Brighton] Rivers Sport Cars
LocalBrighton Rye Tenterden Barcombe Mills Fletching
RegionalBrighton and Hove East Sussex Kent
NationalEngland United Kingdom
ProductionF. H. Ellis (Phil)
CameraF. H. Ellis (Phil)
Format9.5mm Black & White Silent
Duration15min. 22sec.
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details


A film from the Ellis family collection. Mr Phil Ellis captures scenes from outings and other events in the life of the Ellis family between 1948 and 1950. The film includes a trip to Rye and Tenterden in Kent, boating on the River Ouse at Barcombe Mills, East Sussex and a seaside outing to Brighton, as well as various other scenes of family activities in the countryside.


The film opens with the Ellis family playing an informal game of cricket on an empty country lane. There are close-up shots the Mary Stanford Lifeboat Memorial at Rye, with the river estuary in the background. This is followed by a close-up shot of a sign: "The Ellen Terry Memorial Museum, National Trust" and a thatched cottage - Smallhythe Place, Tenterden (?). A man laughs and talks directly to the camera and after some countryside shots is joined by a woman who begins to lay out a picnic, possibly on the South Downs (?). The family pose briefly for the camera, followed by a man riding a motorcycle on an off-road trail. The family paddle in canoes on the River Ouse at Barcombe Mills, some wave to the camera. A woman holds a baby outside a house, followed by more countryside landscape shots and the family wandering around a formal landscaped garden. At a castle the family sit in the grounds and pose for the camera. A woman holds a sign: "Old Crocks, 20th March 1949" followed by cars and motorcycles taking part in a rally. The family gather next to a fishing rod on the Palace Pier at Brighton, from where the West Pier can be seen in the background. There is a brief shot of the Brighton Dome and shots of Fletching Mill with the family walking nearby. The film ends with an older man and woman with a young girl ambling along a country lane. "The End" is spelled out in rolling scratched letters.


A black and white still image taken from TID 121, showing a family group of adults in a rowing boat on a river, in the shade of some trees.