Title ID 5432Collection ID766
Title[Visit to California and Australia]
Date[ca. 1963]
CollectionJohn Wood Collection
Genre/TypeAmateurFamily Home MovieNon-fictionFamily Life
ThemeFamily Life Travel
KeywordsAircraft Airports Beaches Boats Film Making Industry Leisure Time Activities Men Quays Seaside Resorts Urban Areas Bridges
LocalSan Francisco California Adelaide
NationalUnited States Australia
ProductionMr Kenneth Wood
CameraMr Kenneth Wood
FormatColour Silent
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details


This film documents Ken Wood's business trip and sightseeing activities in San Francisco, California and Adelaide in Australia. The film shows Ken with a group on several beaches and aboard a boat. They also visit a Kenwood Factory in Adelaide, Australia with exterior views of the factory and offices ending with views from onboard an aircraft from Adelaide Airport.


This edited film compilation opens with a montage of street views of San Francisco city, San Francisco Bay and several landmarks; opening with a brief close-up of a black and yellow Californian number plate and several panoramas across San Francisco Bay. A wide shot follows, of a Taxi parked at the foot of a statue of Christopher Columbus on Telegraph Hill, North Beach, followed by a series of action shots of the city taken from a car as it passes over San Francisco Bridge. Mr Wood also films himself and another Kenwood Director standing next to a wall overlooking San Francisco Bay, with mixed cityscapes of the city below.

Mr Wood and the group (?) visit a beach, posing for photographs on the sand. Upon boarding a boat, the film-maker captures close-ups of a man in swimwear sailing a boat, along with views across the bay where people surf on wooden boards, row canoes and sail other recreational boats. At an airport, Mr Wood films an aircraft as he boards a Quantas plane (Boeing-707 V) followed by views from onboard the plane, as it taxies down the runway.

The second film opens with with a wide view of a sign on the side of a large industrial unit marked: 'Kenwood', followed by several exterior views of the factory offices within the complex. The film then cuts to a compilation of views of an airport building in 'Adelaide' with a plane on the runway marked: 'TAA The Nation’s Jetline - 'TAA flight 521 to Sydney.' The film closes with views of the landscape below, through a plane window over a wing.