Title ID 213Collection ID421
Title[Family scenes; rag and bone man J Mitchell]
Date1979 - 1984
Genre/TypeAmateurIndependent AmateurNon-fictionFamily Life
ThemeFamily life
KeywordsAircraft Airports Armed Forces Ceremonies Family Railway Stations Sport Trains Weddings
LocalGuildford Devil's Dyke Lewes Brighton Wansford
RegionalSurrey West Sussex East Sussex Brighton and Hove Cambridgeshire
NationalEngland United Kingdom Europe
ProductionMike Wilson [?]
FormatStandard 8mm Colour Silent
Duration19min 5sec.
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details


This home movie includes footage of a number of events in the life of the Wilson family. The film opens with a graduation, and concludes with a wedding at Lewes Register Office at Southover Grange. Part of the film captures a rag and bone man, J Mitchell, with his horse and cart in Brighton.


The film opens with a shot of a sign: "University of Surrey". Title: "Keith's Graduation 13 July 1984". Shot of Guildford Cathedral; a woman (Keith's mother?) walks towards the main entrance. Shots of family members and graduands before the ceremony, followed by interior shots of the ceremony. Further shots of family members and Keith in graduation robes. Close-up of sign: "Ram Cider House" followed by shots of family members drinking in the pub garden.

Shots of the family walking at Devil's Dyke. Shot of front cover of brochure: "British Aerospace Aircraft Group Careers for Graduates". Keith and his girlfriend (?) sit looking at the brochure in the garden.

Shots of a rugby match on a school playing field (Dorothy Stringer or Varndene School?).

Shots of a rag and bone man, with horse and cart, walking along Balfour Road. Sign on cart: "J Mitchell Rag, Iron and Metal Dealer". More shots of the rugby match.

Shot of a train pulling out of Brighton Station, followed by shots of a RAF military passing out parade (?) at an airfield. Shots of family members and military aircraft overhead that includes a group of fighter jets and a Boatplane (?).

Brief shots of the interior of the North Terminal at Gatwick Airport and commercial aircraft taxiing on the runway.

Brief shots of a steam train pulling into Wansford station on the Nene Valley Railway (near Peterborough) as the camera captures the events from an overhead bridge followed by shots of the family in the back garden with a tortoise.

Shots of a wedding at Lewes, family members walk to the register office along Southover High Street. Sign: East Sussex Register Office". Shots of wedding guests arriving at the register office, followed by shots from the gardens at Southover Grange.

Shots of military aircraft taking off and a large tanker or freight ship at sea.

Shots of family members abroad on holiday in Gibraltar (?).

Shots of family in the back garden. The film ends with a close-up of a Red Admiral butterfly on a cluster of purple China Aster Chrysanthemums.