Title ID 7326Collection ID946
Title[Holiday in France]
Date[ca. 1978]
CollectionDavid R. Durant Films
Genre/TypeAmateurFamily Home MovieNon-fiction
ThemeFamily Life Travel
KeywordsBeaches Camping Holidays Hovercraft Urban Areas
LocalDover Paris
NationalEngland United Kingdom France Europe
ProductionDavid R. Durant
CameraDavid R. Durant
FormatColour Silent
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details


An amateur film from the 1970s featuring a camping holiday to France. Three men travel from the hovercraft terminal at Dover to France and are seen relaxing on holiday as well as visiting Paris.


The film opens with shots of a hovercraft at a Dover hovercraft terminal; passengers are seen boarding the hovercraft. Brief shots follow from the window of the hovercraft as it crosses the English Channel. In France, there are shots of a marina and beach, where people are sunbathing; two men sit on rocks talking. At a campsite a small group of people are seen relaxing outside a tent, following which there are views of the French countryside, including mountains.

[0:08:17:03] Back at the campsite, three men sit at a table outside a tent eating a meal, following which there are extensive shots of a coastal city and its environs. The same men seen at the campsite are seen in many of the shots. The film cuts to scenes of Paris, including the Arc de Triomphe and Eiffel Tower, which is ascended in a lift. This part of the film ends with shots of Paris from on top of the Eiffel Tower.

[0:24:09:05] The film ends with a brief shot of two children standing next to a steam traction engine at a steam rally.


A Still from [Holiday in France] (ca.1978)