Title ID 6975Collection ID959
Title[Judy’s Wedding; Family Scenes; Christmas]
Date[ca. 1965]
CollectionGillings Family
Genre/TypeAmateurIndependent AmateurNon-fiction
ThemeFamily life
KeywordsDomestic Gardens Children Bicycles Family Play Weddings Wedding Dresses Fancy dress Women Old Age Food Christmas
RegionalBrighton & Hove
NationalEngland United Kingdom
ProductionMichael Gillings
CameraMichael Gillings
FormatColour Silent
Duration18 min. 36 sec.
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details


Home movie footage taken by Michael Gillings, living in Brighton with his family, in around 1965. The compilation includes wedding and family scenes, playing in the garden and on the South Downs, and dressing up at Christmas, enjoying a drink around the table.


0:00:10:05 (6975.1) Guests to a wedding assemble outside. The bridesmaids and young pageboy, all in blue, arrive and stand together for photographs. The groom and best man also stand together, before the bride arrives, holding a bouquet of yellow flowers. Family members stand with the couple for photographs and tip confetti over the bride and groom as they dash to the car. Newly wedded, they cut their decorated three tiered cake at their reception at a table laden with food for the guests. All are seen outside the reception, the bride in a blue suit, to see off the newly married couple. They decorate the car with rolls of loo paper before it disappears down the lane. The End.

0:04:40:09 (6975.2) "Our Family 1965". A mother plays with her children in their front garden, seen from a first floor window of the house. The children ride their bicycles on the roads of the residential area. An older girl rides the child's bike, laughing as she wobbles on the path. Adults and children play a chaotic game of football on the South Downs, and pick apples from a tree. Two young men scrap on a residential street. An older woman sews at a hand operated sewing machine at the kitchen table.

0:09:19:18 (6975.3) A woman holds up a cake, decorated with blue icing for Christmas. Family members drink and smoke cigars around a table, laden with preserves and chocolates, holding up their glasses. A woman cuts the cake, which reads 'Happy Xmas'. The family dog chases a toy train around the tracks in the living room. The family is again seen at the table, drinking stout and dressing up. Some give a fashion show in the living room, turning and posing for the camera.

0:15:03:24 (6975.4) A woman and two elderly men take a walk on Devil's Dyke. They sit at the stone seating. Above reads an inscription; 'The Dyke Estate'.

0:16:37:05 (6975.5) Guests, some wearing smart winter coats and hats, gather outside the church. Two bridesmaids hold the hands of an elderly couple, just married. The bride wears a white dress and fur stole. The couple stand together before climbing into a car.