Title ID 6151Collection ID714
Title[Children on the Beach]
Date[ca. 1958]; 1960
CollectionNewman Family
ThemeFamily life Seaside
KeywordsBeaches Children Domestic Gardens Everyday Life Family Games Holidays Leisure Time Activities Summer
NationalEngland United Kingdom
ProductionFrancis Henry Newman
CameraFrancis Henry Newman; Alice Margaret Newman
ParticipantsPeter and Lesley
FormatColour Silent
Duration13min. 10sec.
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details


Titled 'Children on The Beach', this film, taken from 1958 to 1960, also shows the family's holiday to Cornwall in 1970.


The opening frame of the film shows Margaret Newman's eldest son, who looks about two years old in this film, walking on the beach. In the next scene, Margaret and her husband stand with their two children by a donkey on the beach. The little boy waves at the camera, after which he is seen with his mother and baby sister playing on the beach. In the following frame, the little boy and his father play in the sand. The camera then cuts to a shot of Margaret's daughter, who is probably no more than 1 years old in this film. In the next part of the film, Margaret's youngest is shown crawling in a garden, and being helped to walk by her father and elder brother. The two play with a beach ball, and are given rides on their father's back.

At this point the film, cuts to a later date, possibly in 1960. Margaret and her husband are sitting with their two children on a boat, accompanied by Margaret's mother. The film then cuts to the beach, where the two children paddle in the sea with their parents. A close up of Margaret's daughter playing in the sand follows, after which her brother is seen running on the beach playing with a rubber hoop. In the next scene, the family sit up on the cliff top, feeding bread to the seagulls. The film returns back to the beach, where further beach scenes continue. The children play together in the rock pools with boats, whilst their mother looks on.

In the final part of the film, the Newman's family holiday to Cornwall, in 1970, is documented. Opening with a title page, 'Cornwall '70', the film goes on to show a brief view of a sunset, shortly cutting to a scene of the beach, with St. Michael's Mount in the distance. Several short scenes of their holiday follow, including shots of the seaside town in which they are staying. A boy is filmed eating a pink ice cream, followed by a view of a small go-kart race. In the next scene there is a view of the sea from the top of the cliff, after which the family walking down the cliff path away from the camera. A short shot of 'The first and last house in Britain' is followed by more views of the sea.

Returning to the beach, the film shows a girl, possibly Margaret's daughter, now at the age of about eleven. The film ends with the children sunbathing on the beach.


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