Title ID 7091Collection ID960
Title[Bradford Dyers Association Shanghai; Courtyard]
Date[ca. 1929]
CollectionSimpson Family
Genre/TypeAmateurIndependent AmateurNon-fictionActuality/Factual
ThemeFamily Life Urban Life
KeywordsBuildings Companies Clothing Ethnic Groups Games Play
NationalChina Asia
ProductionWilliam G. Simpson Charlotte L. Simpson
CameraWilliam G. Simpson; Charlotte L. Simpson
FormatBlack & White Silent
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details


Film of people in the Bradford Dyers Association (BDA) office in Shanghai, and socialising in a courtyard.


This film opens with an interior view of the main office of the Bradford Dyers Association in Shanghai. A man stands reading from a ledger on a lectern, whilst another sits at his desk writing (shots are very dark).

In the next scene a man dressed in a traditional Chinese two-piece suit collects a stack of BDA tins and a ledger from the office, and stands outside the office building whilst the camera takes a full length shot.

The next scene is in an ornate courtyard where Mrs Simpson and another man behave in a playful and mischievous way with a statue, climbing up it to make it look like it is smoking a cigarette (shots are dark).

The final shot returns to the interior of the BDA office (very dark) where Mrs Simpson sits talking to a man, both sat at a table (?).


a still from [Bradford Dyers Association Shanghai; Courtyard] (ca.1929)