Title ID 6990Collection ID959
Title[Children's Film Unit: Detective Film]
Date[ca. 1980s]
CollectionGillings Family
Genre/TypeAmateurIndependent AmateurFictionCrime/Detective
KeywordsChildren Play Performing Arts Bicycles Film Making
RegionalEast Sussex Brighton and Hove
NationalEngland United Kingdom
ProductionNeville Gillings and Michael Gillings
CameraNeville Gillings and Michael Gillings
FormatColour Silent
Duration6 min. 15 sec.
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details


A group of children, nicknamed the 'Children's Film Unit' by Michael Gillings, the father of Neville, shoot a chaotic detective movie in Patcham in the 1980s.


This amateur colour fiction film about a boy that murders another in the woods and drags his body under a tree. Two boys follow him on their BMX bikes as he runs away, but crash in the grass, cursing after loosing the murderer. Another, the detective, finds the body and rushes to help, finding the murder weapon, a walking stick. A large fight ensues in the front garden of a suburban house. One boy is caught and handcuffed, and the fighting continues...


A colour still image taken from TID 6990, showing a close up of two boys aged around 10 years old. One boy is dragging the other boy by his extended arms as he lays on the ground. They are acting out a death scene, with one boy attempting to hide the dead body of the other boy.