Detail

Title ID 5422Collection ID766
Title[Family Scenes; Boating; Children]
Date[ca. 1937 - early 1940s?]
CollectionJohn Wood Collection
Genre/TypeAmateurFamily Home MovieIndependent AmateurNon-fictionFamily Life
ThemeFamily Life
KeywordsBeaches Boats Buildings Cars Children Domestic Gardens Family Games Holidays Houses Rivers Rural Areas Schools Sport Villages Water Transport
Location
Localunknown
NationalEngland United Kingdom
Credits
ProductionReed Family
CameraRobertson Family; Austin Reed (?)
FormatMixed Colour and Black & White Silent
Duration00:11:28:12
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details

Summary

This family film features Stella Reed and her family on a beach holiday, on a pleasure boat trip, in a garden, and in the countryside. One of her sons learning how to swim.

Description

In black and white, a family group sit on a blanket eating a picnic in a wood. The film cuts to a block of holiday camp-style accommodation next to the sea, where the two older boys attempt to do a long jump in a garden in front of their block, followed by an outing to a beach. The family fly a kite, and swim in the sea whilst an adult supervises a young boy in an inflatable boat.

From the deck of a boating pier, colour shots show Stella and her children gathered around a man dressed in a waistcoat and sailors hat next to the pier, cutting to a wide shot of the red sail of a small yacht and views of a windmill and tiered millers house (additional material on TID 5428). Several children are now aboard boats on the river, splashing each other with their oars and climbing up onto a castle-style structure on the bank(?). One boy is trying to knock another boy off into the water. The film cuts back to a wide colour view from the beach of the holiday camp accommodation, followed by group portrait shots of the family gathered around a car (EBH 259 - 1937 Buckinghamshire registration) outside a house.

In the next section the family attend a sports day event. Chairs have been placed on a school sports field where a group of spectators have gathered. The film shows highlights of several girls only races and athletics events including a high jump event, a 'dads only' sack race and a human 'horse' race.

In black and white the scene returns to the family boating on a river. The film-maker is aboard a pleasure craft and is capturing general views of sail boats as they pass through the shot. Further along the route a young boy sunbathes on deck and the boat passes a windmill and several mooring quays in front of domestic houses.

The next sequence features several domestic scenes of the family on a picnic next to a river where the children play together in a boat, and sunbathe with another having his feet washed in a bucket. The camera captures a pleasure boat (Streatley) passing by the bank of the river filled with people admiring the view, cutting to a shot of an outdoor pool where a large group of people have gathered for a diving and swimming competition.

The film ends with the family playing together in a garden and one of Stella's sons learning to swim in a pool, being led by a rope tied around his middle.