|Title ID||3447||Collection ID||39|
|Title||[Pre-war and Wartime Scenes]|
|Date||[ca. 1937 - 1941]|
|Theme||Family life Wartime and Military Case Study The Home Front|
|Keywords||Accidents Aircraft Armed Forces Everyday Life Family Fire Services Second World War (1939-1945) Wars|
|Format||Black & White Silent|
|Duration||15 min. 13 sec.|
|Copyright & Access||Copyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details|
A family film made just before and during the early part of the Second World War depicting everyday life. A variety of locations and family members are featured, including several servicemen in uniform.
This film is one of a number made by members of the Sadler family showing family and friends in and around Chichester. Much attention in [Pre-war and Wartime Scenes] (1937 -1941?) is given to the men in the family in their military uniforms. Interspersed are scenes of more commonplace aspects of family life such as a wedding, a picnic and playing in the snow. In addition, there are scenes of the family preparing for, and experiencing the war: the preparation of the shelter in the garden and the destruction of the family’s dog biscuit factory at Westhampnett. There is a sense of realisation of what is to come, signs of the war creeping into everyday life. The Gowlland family’s War Time 1939-40 (1939 - 1943) also provides fascinating scenes of everyday family life during wartime.
Members of the Sadler family seen in this film had notable careers in the air force during the war. Fred Sadler's brother, Jack Martin is seen having been decorated with a medal at Buckingham Palace in the Sadler Family film [Jack Martin Pilot]. David Sadler's cousin, Tony Gaze was an Australian Spitfire pilot who flew with Douglas Bader's squadron. After the war he was instrumental in starting a race circuit at the former Westhampnett air field at Goodwood and Gaze went on to become a Grand Prix racing driver. One of the films in the Sadler family collection [Melbourne] was filmed by Tony Gaze.