Title ID 567Collection ID542
TitleRoss Family Pictures III
Date[ca. mid 1930s - mid 1940s]
CollectionRoss Family
Genre/TypeAmateurIndependent AmateurFamily Home MovieNon-fictionFamily Life
ThemeFamily life Seaside
KeywordsBeaches Children Family Handicrafts Leisure Time Activities Outings Sea Fishing Sport
LocalBrighton Hove
RegionalBrighton and Hove East Sussex
NationalEngland United Kingdom
ProductionCharles Ross
CameraCharles Ross; Vera Ross
ParticipantsAnn Ross; Charles Ross; Vera Ross; Uncle 'Moy'
FormatMixed Colour and Black & White Silent
Duration13 min. 15 sec.
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details


One of several home movie compilations belonging to the Ross family. The footage, which includes some Dufaycolor, captures family gatherings and outings to the beach, as well images of golf players.


The film contains three sections dedicated to golf, notably to the drives and swings of the male players, many of whom are wearing plus-fours. Away from the golf course, members of the Ross family relax on a shingle beach. The adults and children sit together on the beach, dressed in swimming costumes, making direct eye contact with the camera which repeatedly captures them in close-up shots. Mrs Vera Ross does some knitting on the beach, whilst others swim and canoe in the sea or partake in shore fishing. On another occasion the filmmaker Charles Ross records his young daughter, Ann, toddling around the garden of their home. The young family is also captured a few years earlier in Dufaycolor film - Charles and Vera Ross sit with baby Ann, sheltered from the sun by a garden umbrella. Ann is then briefly filmed being bathed.

Dufaycolor was an early film system that employed a matrix of red, green and blue to produce colour on film.


A still from [Ross Family Pictures III] (1930s) - Mrs Ross

Contextual information

This film is one of several home movie compilaions by Charles Ross and his family which are held at Screen Archive South East. The subject matter of the film is typical of the other films in the Ross Family collection. After being wounded in the First World War, Charles Ross was advised to live close to the sea. Consequently, he and his wife, and their daughter Ann, lived in Sussex. The films feature frequent visits to the beach with family and friends. The beach-goers exhibit a relaxed and often playful attitude, in an era often attributed with reserved middle-class sensibilities. The Ross' playfulness can also seen in [Ross Family Pictures I] (mid-1930s) and [Ross Family Pictures V] (mid-1930s).

The presence of the golf scenes in [Ross Family Pictures III] (mid-1930s - mid-1940s) relates to Charles Ross' membership at the West Hove Golf Club. He would frequently film his fellow members' swings in order for them to study their swings at a later date, such as in [Golf] (mid-1930s).

Charles Ross was also interested in aircraft, and he filmed several outings to Croydon Aerodrome. Chronologically, the latest footage in the collection is the film [Ross Family Pictures III] (mid-1930s - mid-1940s). It comprises of images of the Ross' daughter Ann during the latter stages of the Second World War where she is captured in Dufaycolor as a baby in her parents' arms, and later as a toddler in the garden. Although the films of the Ross Family collection is in many ways typical of home movies of this era, it has a charm about it which seems to derive from the presence of Vera Ross who has a natural affinity with the camera, often captured in close-up by her husband

Screen Archive South East houses numerous other collections which record family life during the 1930s. These include the films of the Emberton family such as Joce and Gill at Home (1936 - 1940) and those of the Gowlland family such as Rosemary; [Family Events of 1939] (1937; 1938; 1939). There are also the films [Hazeldene Orchestra]. Golden Wedding Celebrations at 'Hazeldene' (16 June 1931; 23 April 1934) belonging to the Nightingale family and [Flavell Family. Miscellaneous Family Scenes I] (ca. 1931; July 1938; August 1939).

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Institute of Amateur Cinematographers

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