Title ID 5439Collection ID766
Title[Family Garden Scenes and Social Events]
CollectionJohn Wood Collection
Genre/TypeAmateurFamily Home MovieIndependent AmateurNon-fictionFamily Life
ThemeFamily Life Transport
KeywordsAircraft Animals Armed Forces Birthdays Cars Children Celebrations Domestic Gardens Family Food Holidays Houses Play Sport Urban Areas Women Beachwear Dresses
LocalNew Malden
NationalEngland United Kingdom
ProductionWood family
CameraWood family
FormatMixed Colour and Black & White Silent
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details


This colour and black and white film documents several family gatherings and holidays by the Wood family. The film-maker captures scenes from a child's birthday party, a wedding, a christening (?) and a visit to an airfield with close-up shots of the aircraft coming in to land.


This film opens with a compilation of black and white scenes of a family playing together in an outdoor swimming pool, in a garden on a metal roundabout and gathered to celebrate Sally's birthday in the family garden (shots are very bright and of low contrast). The film then cuts to a montage of exterior views of the house with a group of children sat playing in a car with the Union and Welsh flags. The group then pose for portrait shots with their flags, as Stuart stands dressed in a cowboy fancy dress outfit.

In colour, the next section shows a series of portrait shots of the family on a beach dressed in summer clothing and brightly coloured swimwear.

At an unknown location, a marquee stands in the gardens of a large house for a wedding reception or party. A bride dressed in a wedding dress dashes out of the marquee and into the house, closely followed by the groom (?) followed by a montage of individual and group portrait shots of the group.

The compilation provides a mixed group of portrait shots of the extended family, featuring a group of women gathered around a pram fussing over a baby. At a garden table, a woman drinks from a sherry glass (Mrs Wood?) followed by a series of family portraits and a shaky self portrait of Ken Wood. In the next scene, the Wood family have gathered for portraits outside a timber building holding a bay in a blanket (christening?).

The next section features a montage of individual shots of several young children followed by a family gathering in a garden, leading into a view of the front of a house with two cars cars parked on the driveway. The shot then cuts to the rear garden where the children play together with a red balloon, and hit several golf balls around the garden. The sequence closes with a series of family portraits (senior members and children) posing for the camera.

The next sequence shows the Wood family gathered at a show jumping event, as Patricia (?) and a teenage boy (Michael ?) stand talking, whilst Stuart (No. 20) rides a horse. Stuart also practices jumping fences with other riders. The film then returns to the family garden where the children play a game of golf, cutting to several shots of an older man and several children playing together with a dog, closing after a series of exterior views of the rear of the house.

In black and white the film returns to the family gathered to celebrate Sally's birthday in a garden (Similar colour footage available TID 5431). The children sit around a long table smiling and waving at the camera and eating pieces of a birthday cake. The children then get up to play games together in the garden. In the street outside, the boys play with a model aeroplane, and ride a bike.

In the final part of the film, the action focuses on the aircraft traffic on an airfield, filmed from a moving car. The camera captures wide views of a Second World War pillbox next to the runway, as a trio of aircraft come in to land - an RAF passenger carrier (?) and a DHC-1 Chipmunk 22 (WK622) come in low overhead, zipping close to the camera.

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