Title ID 544Collection ID298
Title[Brighton Pictures III]
Date[1968 - 1972?]
ThemeUrban Life Case Study Brighton
KeywordsBeaches Boats Building Construction Buildings Carnivals Cars Dance Film Making Leisure Time Activities Motor Vehicles Parades Seaside Resorts Shops Urban Areas
RegionalBrighton and Hove East Sussex
NationalEngland United Kingdom
ProductionOmega Film Production
FormatStandard 8mm Colour Silent
Duration32 min. 37 sec.
Copyright & AccessCopyright 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.


A still from [Brighton Pictures III] (ca.1970) - bikers in Brighton

Contextual information

[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.

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Related resources


Brighton History Centre records at The Keep

“Brighton History Centre holds an extensive range of material for the study of Brighton's history and culture, both past and present.” The collection includes newspapers and periodicals for Brighton and the region; books and pamphlets on Brighton; an extensive collection of photographs, postcards and slides, maps; Brighton and Sussex ephemera, including theatre, cinema and sporting programmes, scrapbooks and posters; oral histories of local people. A catalogue listing further references and resources accompanies a selection of films about Brighton and Hove (from Screen Archive South East’s collection) is available online from The Keep.

The National Archives

The National Archives at Kew holds several collections regarding Brighton Marina including the Brighton Marina Bill. The National Archives' database is searchable online.


New Marina* (1978)

This British Movietone newsreel looks at Brighton Marina which is nearing completion. The film record can be found on The British Universities Film and Video Council's News On Screen database.

Journal Articles

Buchanan, Andrew. "If I Were to Make a Film about Brighton ..." Amateur Cine World (December 1949)

This article outlines how best to film a portrait of a town. Copies of Amateur Cine World are held at the British Film Institute National Archive and BFI Reuben Library in London.

Newspaper Articles

"On a Clear Day." *Brighton and Hove Herald * 4 April 1969: 24

A local newspaper article on the filming of On A Clear Day You Can See Forever at The Royal Pavilion.

"Mods and Rockers." *Brighton and Hove Herald * 11 April 1969: 1

An article with photographs about the gathering of Mods and Rockers in Brighton over the Easter weekend.


Brighton in Pictures

The Brighton History Centre image and photography collections are now held at The Keep. A selection of photographs from the collection is searchable on The Keep website and by request from Brighton and Hove Museums.

Brighton and Hove Museums Collection

My Brighton and Hove

Described as “a living history of Brighton and Hove”, this web resource gathers memories, photographs, knowledge and opinions about the city.