Title ID 6029Collection ID879
TitleA Closer Look
CollectionRichard Armstrong
Genre/TypeAmateurIndependent AmateurFamily Home MovieNon-fictionTravel
ThemeTravel Transport
KeywordsAircraft Boats Bridges Canals Cars Children Cultural Heritage Docks Education Everyday Life Games Harbours Houses Industry Labour Motor Vehicles Quays Religious Buildings Ships Urban Areas
LocalVenice Gytheio Kos Limmasol Athens Piraeus
NationalEngland Italy Cyprus Greece Aegean Islands United Kingdom
ProductionRichard Armstrong
CameraRichard Armstrong
DirectorRichard Armstrong
EditorRichard Armstrong
NarratorBeryl Armstrong
FormatColour Sound
Duration13 minutes 15 seconds
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details


This colour travelogue-style film shows highlights of an English school educational trip aboard the ship SS Uganda to Italy (Venice), Cyprus and Greece with excursions and tours to historic attractions in several villages and towns. The film also shows scenes aboard ship for those on the voyage.


The educational trip aboard the SS Uganda starts off in Italy (Venice) where the group tour the canals, Ponte de Rialto, Ponte dei Sospiri and the Basilica di San Marco in the Piazza San Marco. Mixed shots aboard the SS Uganda follow, with a narrative on the scenes aboard the ship during the tour. The SS Uganda then passes the coast of Gythieo, Greece with poor weather restricting landing on the shore. The ship continues to Cyprus, and the passengers are seen touring a market, the ruins of a Greek gymnasium, and the theatre at Salamis. They then move on to tour St Barnabas' Church in Limassol.

The next stop is the Greek Aegean Island of Kos, with shots of the coastline and fishing vessels. The film-maker visits Eleftherias Square with municipal market, followed by a visit to the ruins of the ancient gymnasium and Asclepeion. The last stop is the Greek city of Piraeus in Athens. The ship stops at a busy harbour, where cargo is loaded/ offloaded. The group then tour the ruins of the Acropolis particularly the Erechtheion and Parthenon with narrative on the construction of the Parthenon, accompanied by panoramic views of Athens.

The film concludes with a summary of the visit and time spent aboard the SS Uganda, as the group return to England, closing on a title: 'The End'.


A Closer Look (1971)