|Title ID||544||Collection ID||298|
|Title||[Brighton Pictures III]|
|Date||[1968 - 1972?]|
|Theme||Urban Life Case Study Brighton|
|Keywords||Beaches Boats Building Construction Buildings Carnivals Cars Dance Film Making Leisure Time Activities Motor Vehicles Parades Seaside Resorts Shops Urban Areas|
|Format||Standard 8mm Colour Silent|
|Duration||32 min. 37 sec.|
|Copyright & Access||Copyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details|
This is the third in a three part series of amateur films recording people and events in Brighton during the late 1960s and early 1970s.
This film, which records life in Brighton, ensures that images of the seafront are central to its narrative - people walk on water inside giant triangular inflatables; children dodge the waves which crash over the sea wall at high tide; a man erects a Punch and Judy tent on the beach; a two-man canoe explores the shallows; a small hovercraft traverses the sea and the beach as part of 'Oceanology International 72'. The roads along the seafront play host to the entrants of the London to Brighton Veteran Car Race and to a gathering of mods and rockers. Further along the coast exterior shots of Roedean School are followed by shots of a building site - bulldozers and cranes work on Stage 1 of Brighton Marina. Away from the seafront Brighton attracts shoppers, tourists and even representatives from Hollywood - the cast and crew of the musical On A Clear Day You Can See Forever (1970) wait in the grounds of The Royal Pavilion during a break in filming. Tourist attractions include Louis Tussauds Waxworks and a miniature replica of The Royal Pavilion made of matchsticks. Shoppers at Churchill Square watch a performance by a troupe of country and western-style dancers. Elsewhere shopping is halted after a fire guts the Johnson Bros. store on Western Road. Brighton's parks offer plenty of family activities - a carnival provides games and floats; an amateur football match is underway; children play with toy motor boats on the lakes. In amongst the positives mentioned above, the film makes a reference to the social problems which afflict the city - a brief sequence of shots show rubbish pilled on the pavements and a homeless man vainly going through a bin.
[Brighton Pictures III] (ca. 1970) is the third in a series of three films filmed by a Brighton based amateur cameraman. The other films in the series which are also held at Screen Archive South East are entitled [Brighton Pictures I] (ca. 1963) and [Brighton Pictures II] (ca. 1964) - they comprise of similar compilations of Brighton scenes.
Screen Archive South East houses a number of amateur films which also record Brighton scenes in the 1960s including [Brighton Scenes] (1965), Brighton Re-visited (1969) and [Local Events at Brighton] (1968; 1969; 1972) - the latter film contains extensive images of Brighton Marina under construction. [Brighton Carnival Procession and Anti-Litter Campaign] (ca. 1968) highlights the issue of rubbish in the city at a 'Keep Britain Tidy' rally.