Title ID 8181Collection ID1093
Title[Family Scenes: Seaside]
Date[ca. 1930s]
CollectionBognor Regis Film Society / Guermonprez
Genre/TypeAmateurIndependent AmateurNon-fictionHoliday
ThemeFamily life
KeywordsAnimals Beaches Boats Buildings Children Clothing Domestic Gardens Family Games Leisure Time Activities Seaside Resorts Summer Swimming
LocalBognor Regis Shanklin
RegionalWest Sussex Isle of Wight
NationalEngland United Kingdom
ProductionHarry Guermonprez [?]
CameraHarry Guermonprez (?)
FormatBlack & White Silent
Duration7min. 58sec.
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details


This short amateur film from the 1930s features Harry Guermonprez, co-founder of the Bognor Regis Film Society and members of his family on the beach at Bognor Regis and on holiday on the Isle of Wight apple picking.


The film opens with shots of children playing with an old oil drum in the sea at Bognor Regis; they sit on it as it floats on the water. The youngest child sits in a rock pool and waves a ball around in the air. The older children do cartwheels on the beach and play with a rubber ring in the water, supervised by their mother. Outside a beach hut, a group of people have gathered for a picnic, one of the women spreads jam on a piece of bread. This section ends with a brief shot of a woman smoking a cigarette and sitting behind the wheel of a car.

The ruins of a castle (Carisbrook?) are seen with a woman walking on the earthworks surrounding it. A lopsided camera angle is used to make it appear as if a man is climbing up the side of the castle wall. A woman looks out to see from a cliff above Shanklin on the Isle of Wight; the view shows the cliffs on the headland in the distance. The same woman walks on the promenade and again on the cliffs above the town, seagulls fly around the edge of the cliff above the sea. The film-maker (Harry ?) appears briefly next to the woman as they both smoke a cigarette. Shots of the cliff and path below.

The next part of the film taken from a boat, shows a woman at the stern alongside other passengers. A pier comes into view and the boat docks alongside, to allow passengers to disembark, including a man in Naval uniform. Brief views of Shanklin follow, including a sign: "Shanklin Chine", followed by a hand-written title: "The Chine". Dark shots follow of a gorge with a waterfall and waves breaking onto a sandy beach. A woman stands on the beach and a man (the film-maker?) is seen walking up some steps away from the beach. The woman poses briefly for the camera.

The next section of the film includes a traditional house in a village and an apple orchard. The shots fade with a vignetting effect before cutting to show two women picking apples and a close up of their basket overflowing with the fruit. Two dogs (Richey & Scotty) accompany the women in the orchard, one of the women gets a dog to jump up for an apple in her hand.

The final part of the film contains shots of a domestic garden. A woman does some gardening and a man is seen standing on his head and completing a series of roly-poly's towards the camera. The last shot is a close up of flowers in the garden.