Title ID 6981Collection ID959
TitleFamily Album
CollectionGillings Family
Genre/TypeAmateurIndependent AmateurFamily Home MovieNon-fictionFamily Life
ThemeFamily Life Rural Life
KeywordsFamily Play Sport Games Landscape Rural Areas Roads Cars Motor Vehicles Food Domestic Gardens Gardening
LocalBramber Edburton Upper Beeding
RegionalWest Sussex
NationalEngland United Kingdom
ProductionMichael Gillings
CameraMichael Gillings
FormatColour Silent
Duration22 min. 9 sec.
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details


Family scenes, filmed by Michael Gillings, in West Sussex. Family members picnic on the Downs, gather for a cricket match in Edburton and have a water fight in the garden.


0:00:21:04 (6981.1) The ruined walls of Bramber Castle are seen in brief views. Mrs. Gillings crosses the road in Bramber, laughing and running towards the camera.

0:00:55:05 (6981.2) Family members tend to the vegetable patch and a horse on the other side of the fence. The family pets play in the garden.

0:02:14:08 (6981.3) An older family member sails model boats at a river. The footage is edited with pictures of a swan, gliding through the water, and a brief animation of a thought bubble and question marks, as if to convey its confusion at the man's activities.

0:03:21:17 (6981.4) Mrs. Gillings plays with a young boy and girl, spinning them around in the garden and performing somersaults on the lawn. A young man polishes his car outside. Further family members are seen, teasing each other in the garden. The young boy steers a golf cart with a length of string outside the house.

0:05:05:12 (6981.5) Family members climb into a minivan and drive to Edburton. Footage shot from the front of the vehicle, as they drive along country roads, is included. They kick a football around, sit on the grass with the dogs and walk through fields of grasses and wild flowers. Mrs. Gillings performs cartwheels across the path. A male family member teaches the young boy to shoot a gun. Panning views of the South Downs follows. A man walks through a field with his dog, and tends to a field of pigs. A flint cottage, set behind a row of trees, is shown. Further panning footage of the South Downs, the rolling hills beyond fields of wheat, follows. The family have a picnic and walk along a bridle path.

0:10:10:03 (6981.6) Family members play fight with one another, sitting to enjoy a picnic in a field. A family cricket match ensues, and all three generations bat, field and bowl.

0:16:10:09 (6981.7) Further views of the South Downs follow. One family member leaves on a motorcycle and sidecar. The young boy opens the gate, and the car passes through. Footage shot from the front of the car, as it is driven along country roads towards the hills, back to Upper Beeding, follows.

0:19:14:23 (6981.8) Family members tease one another in the garden, throwing water from watering cans and spraying each other with hoses and water pistols as they run through the vegetable garden. The End.