Title ID 372Collection ID220
TitleA Peep in the Future
Genre/TypeAmateurIndependent AmateurInstitutionalNon-fictionActuality/Factual
ThemePublic Services
KeywordsBuilding Construction Buildings Cars Local Government Motor Vehicles Roads Urban Areas
RegionalEast Sussex
NationalEngland United Kingdom
ProductionTown Planning Department, Hastings Borough Council
CameraIvan Barnett
FormatBlack & White Silent
Duration1min. 51sec.
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details


This short animated film from 1946 was produced by Sidney Little, the Town Planning and Development Officer for Hastings Borough Council. The film demonstrates Little's scheme for redevelopment of Hastings Town Centre, using a specially constructed model of the street scene, together with vehicles and pedestrians.


"A Peep into the Future"

Following the main title, a further title reads: "Suggested Scheme for the Future Redevelopment of the Central Area of Hastings, Designed by Sidney Little M. Inst. C.E. Town Planning and Development Officer. Produced by the Staff of the Town Planning Dept. Photographed by Ivan Barnett".

"View from East"

A view of the model street scene with roads and buildings, the model is filmed from above, animated cars and buses are seen moving along the roads.

"View from South"

Another view of the model. The road surfaces have been removed to reveal a network of structures underneath. An animated note on the model appears and disappears from view, it reads: "Complete separation of traffic and pedestrians at the memorial...". View in another direction. The animation stops and someone's hands and arms are seen in the shot removing another section of the model to reveal structures underneath the road. Another note appears twice in different locations, it reads: "Low Level Bus Stop Shelters". The camera focusses in on a building entrance, model people are arranged on the pavement, a note appears which reads: "Pedestrian Entrance & Exit to Underground Bus Station"; another reads: "Realignment of Robertson St". The model is seen from another angle, a sign reads: Realignment of Havelock Rd". The film ends abruptly at this point.