Title ID 7218Collection ID876
Title[Brighton: West Pier; Palace Pier]
Date[ca. 1985]
CollectionB. C. Suter
Genre/TypeAmateurIndependent AmateurNon-fictionActuality/Factual
ThemeSeaside Leisure
KeywordsBeaches Buildings Piers [Palace Pier, Brighton] Piers [West Pier, Brighton] Railways Trains Tourism Seaside Resorts Women
RegionalBrighton & Hove
NationalEngland United Kingdom
ProductionB. C. Suter
CameraB. C. Suter
FormatColour Silent
Duration3 min. 8 sec.
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details


Various scenes filmed on the seafront at Brighton by amateur film-maker B. C. Suter in the 1980s. Shots show: the West Pier; Palace Pier; Madeira Drive; the front of The Grand Hotel; amusements on Palace Pier that includes the "American Dunker"; and the Volk's Electric Railway line with an electric car passing along the seafront between Palace Pier and Black Rock.


The compilation opens with a series of shots showing the West Pier at Brighton, filmed at dusk from the beach. The iron framework reaches up above the still water, in a state of disrepair cut off from the beach. A montage of shots include: the front of The Grand Hotel; panoramas of Brighton Seafront taken from the Palace Pier; a young woman in a white T-shirt sitting above a tank of water on the "American Dunker" amusement on Palace Pier. A man to throws balls at a target to tip the woman into the water tank.
A panoramic view shows the Volk's Electric Railway train on the seafront as it moves along the beach towards the Peter Pan Playground from Palace Pier and the Aquarium along Madeira Drive. Crowds of people gather on Madeira Drive, seen from high on the promenade, to watch a military marching band parading on the street.