Title ID 445Collection ID516
Title[Local News Film, Hastings]
ThemeEarly film in the South East
KeywordsBeaches Boats Celebrations Communities Labour Pageants Parades Sea Fishing Transport Workers
RegionalEast Sussex
NationalEngland United Kingdom
ProductionNot known
Format35mm Colour / Black & White Silent
Duration10 min. 43 sec.
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details


This film records people and events in the coastal town of Hastings in 1914.


A pre-First World War Empire Day service takes place in Alexandra Park, Hastings on 24th May - a huge crowd of smartly dressed people encircle the Drum Head Service. A tinted piece of film shows a single-passenger biplane seaplane landing and taking off from the shallows - a female passenger disembarks and is carried onto the beach at Hastings by two men. A shot of teenage girls doing regimented exercises on the beach in their swimming costumes is followed by images of fishermen in Hastings Old Town. The day's catch falls to the ground when a net is hauled from a trawler onto the harbourside - a fisherman starts the work of sorting through the vast pile of fish. The camera films from the bottom of All Saints Street as a parade of horse-drawn floats representing famous historical figures processes by. Motorboats, sailing boats and rowboats traverse an inlet - a rowboat powered by three women crosses the frame. The film ends with images of an Empire Day parade through the streets of Hastings to Alexandra Park. The parade attracts a host of marching men and boys including firemen, scouts and sea scouts.


[Local News Film, Hastings] (1913-1925)[Local News Film, Hastings] (1913-1925)

Contextual information

The production context of [Local News Film, Hastings] (1913) is unknown but was donated to the Hastings Museum and Art Gallery in 1974.

Amongst other films held in the Screen Archive South East collection showing scenes of Hastings, the promotional film Sands of Times (1947) shows a contrasting view of Hastings as it promotes the resort's seaside holiday facilities.

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