Title ID 130Collection ID366
Title[Family and Local Scenes]
Date[ca. 1950s]
CollectionEllis Family
Genre/TypeAmateurIndependent AmateurNon-fiction
ThemeFamily life
KeywordsBeaches Birthdays Boats Buildings Cars Christmas Family Houses Leisure Time Activities Motor Vehicles Outings Railways Roads Seasons Villages
LocalBosham Brighton Lydd
RegionalKent Surrey East Sussex West Sussex
NationalEngland United Kingdom
ProductionMr Phil Ellis
CameraMr Phil Ellis
FormatColour Silent
Duration26 min. 34 sec.
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details


A compilation of material filmed by Mr Phil Ellis, which includes many friends, family and neighbours. There are scenes of picnics and day trips, occasions such as birthdays and Christmas, and various local villages.


The film is made up of many short scenes filmed over several years. The film opens with a woman standing in the doorway of a terraced house, and a couple standing by a car smiling at the camera. The film is peppered with scenes such as this; different friends, family and neighbours are seen posing for the camera on doorsteps, by cars or standing in a residential street.

Several special occasions feature in the film. The earliest is a birthday party, with a shot of a woman lighting candles on a birthday cake, and a table laid with sandwiches and other cakes and pastries. A young woman is given the bumps. Later in the film the title 'Xmas 1954' appears and there are interior shots of a table, this time laid for Christmas lunch, as well as shots of the family members in fancy dress. The camera focusses on objects in the home, including a Christmas tree, the television (which is on), Christmas cards, a fruit bowl and lights. Towards the end of the film another title reads 'Easter 1952' and there are scenes of daffodils in the garden and a woman holding a decorated egg.

Throughout the film we see scenes of small groups of people on walks and day trips. These are often fleeting and span the four seasons. They include trips to gardens, the beach, Stanmer Park in Brighton, Bosham (a village near Chichester), Lydd and the 'Devils Punchbowl' near Hindhead. There are scenes of roadside picnics, walks down country lanes, and a group rowing on a pond (part of this section is filmed onboard one of the wooden rowing boats). There is also a shot of the exterior of F H Ellis' electrical shop, owned by Mr Phil Ellis' father [location unknown].