Title ID 7502Collection ID720
TitleSplashes of Colour
CollectionThe Victor Don Film Collection
Genre/TypeAmateurIndependent AmateurNon-fictionFamily Life
ThemeFamily life
KeywordsAnimals Children Domestic Gardens Family Parks Plants Spring
LocalAshford Chilham
NationalEngland United Kingdom
ProductionDr. Victor Don
CameraDr. Victor Don
FormatColour Silent
Duration10 min. 32 sec.
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details


The family and friends of Dr. Victor Don, a medical doctor and amateur film-maker, are filmed in the family's garden in Ashford and on outings to parks, rivers and fields in Kent in 1936.


Close footage of crocuses growing in a domestic garden opens the film. A young boy (Tony) stands by flower beds in the garden with a woman, Gertie. A little dog, Teddy, joins them. The family's gardener tends to plants in a bed. Gertie and Tony walk through the garden, inspecting the plants and smiling to the camera. 'Springtime in Kent' follows. The trees are in blossom and sheep graze in a field near Chilham in Kent. Their lambs are seen. Cows stand in another field and walk towards the camera. 'Teddy has a busy day - ' In Ilford colour footage, Teddy the dog swims in a river to fetch a stick. ' - aided by Pete.' Pete, a jack russell, plays with Teddy on the lawn. Teddy is seen in close-up with a ball, looking up at the camera. Further footage of daffodils and other flowers follow. Three women and a man emerge from a house and walk down the steps to join a little girl wearing a white bow in her hair. 'Among the foxgloves in Middleton Park.' Two women, Gertie and Dot, walk in a park stopping to talk to each other. They are followed by a little black dog. A boy holds up a large salmon with a hook through its mouth. An older couple, both wearing suits and ties, stand and smile at the camera. Teddy drags a stick through the grass. A collie dog walks with a group of women. Teddy plays with a ball on the lawn, pushing the toy around the feet of a woman who sews on a stool in the garden. Patients at a hospital [?] sit upright in cast iron beds outside in the sun and under the shade of a conservatory. The End.