Title ID 6039Collection ID848
Title[Ostend; Etc]
CollectionNorth Downs Film Unit
ThemeCine Club Film-making Travel
KeywordsWater Transport Travel Tourism Boats Buildings Beaches Docks Communities Harbours Ferries Shopping
LocalOstend Goes
NationalNetherlands Belgium Europe
ProductionNorth Downs Cinematograph Society
CameraJoe Franks [?]
ParticipantsMrs. Ena Franks
FormatStandard 8mm Colour Silent
Duration29 min. 1 sec.
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details


Street scenes in the Netherlands and Belgium, shot by Joe Franks while on holiday, a key member of the North Downs Cinematograph Society.


Carriages are seen on the sea front, while a boat is lowered into the water. Food sellers and fish in baskets liter the promenade at a sea front market. fishermen mend their nets. Dried fish hang on large frames. The camera pans across the market from across the harbour. Mrs. Franks walks through the market. On the beach, families sit and play in front of sea front buildings. A group of young girls with headscarves play on the beach.

During a sightseeing tour, a monumental arch is shown. As are tanks and armed troops in the square. Hundred of coloured umbrellas line the promenade. Street scenes follow.

Mrs. Franks walks in the sun along a river and down commercial streets. Everyone wears summer dresses and colourful skirts. Mrs. Franks climbs on board a boat. The boat leaves as everyone waves to the camera. Further scenes of shops, bridges, cyclists and motor boats follow. Local women in national dress [?] (long skirts, shawls, white headscarfs and metallic decoration) weave through market stalls.

A street sign reads "Goes ow Winkelstad" (Goes, Netherlands [?]). Mrs. Franks is seen window shopping, walking past cafes, a cathedral, monuments and hotels.

A flower bed reads "Oostende" (Ostend, Belgium). Street scenes follow. A marching band plays for a gathered crowd. Naval officers carry wreaths. A British legion wreath is shown in close-up. A panning shot takes in the harbour and industrial sites, the Church of St. Peter and St. Paul, boats and pier. A columned arcade runs along the promenade. Further street scenes follow, taking in hotels and busy locals, and a flower market.