Title ID 3361Collection ID1310
TitleDown to Sussex
ThemeRural Life Transport
KeywordsBeaches Buildings Landscape Leisure Time Activities Local History Piers Racing Railways Religious Buildings Rural Areas Seaside Resorts Sport Theatre Tourism Trains
LocalBrighton Battle Chichester Eastbourne Goodwood Glyndebourne Hastings Lewes Pevensey Petworth Rye
RegionalWest Sussex East Sussex
NationalEngland United Kingdom
ProductionKenneth Fairbairn
CameraJack West; Michael Boultbee
DirectorKenneth Fairbairn
ProducerEdgar Anstey
Commissioning bodyBritish Transport Films
EditorJohn Legard
NarratorPeter Halliday
SoundAnvil Films Ltd.
MusicKenneth V. Jones; Sinfonia of London
FormatColour Sound
Duration17 min.
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details


A British Transport Film looking at the history and landscape of the Sussex countryside.


A still from Down to Sussex (1964) - a man fishing

Contextual information

British Transport Films (BTF) produced documentaries and travelogue films from 1949 to the early 1980s. Their critically acclaimed documentary films looked at work and travel on the UK’s rail network as well as producing promotional travelogues advertising rail destinations around the country. This film was produced by Edgar Anstey, a main protagonist in the British documentary film movement and the founder of British Transport Films. At BTF he produced in excess of 500 films, winning an Oscar for the short film ‘Wild Wings’ in 1966.

Related resources


The BFI Screenonline

The BFI National Archive holds the main collection of British Transport Films.


British Transport Films

A website dedicated to the British Transport Films (BTF) production unit. The site contains details of many of the film unit's productions, film reviews and images from the extensive BTF stills collection.