Title ID 8604Collection ID992
TitleMore Bracklesham Doings 1938
CollectionHinchliff Family
Genre/TypeAmateurIndependent AmateurNon-fictionFictionFamily LifeComedy
ThemeFamily Life Seaside
KeywordsBoats Fairgrounds Holidays Motor Vehicles Parks Seaside Resorts Animals
LocalBracklesham Croydon Midhurst
RegionalWest Sussex Surrey
NationalEngland United Kingdom
ProductionA.G. Hinchliff
CameraA.G. Hinchliff
ParticipantsElizabeth Hinchliff
Format16mm Mixed Colour and Black & White Silent
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details


This amateur film compilation features several short colour and black and white edited films with intertitles. Several of the films are humorous with a slapstick style fictitious narrative, whilst others show family activities including a visit to a fairground, a day out on a boating lake and a family picnic in Cowdray Park.


"More Bracklesham Doings 1938"

This film opens with children and adults driving small wooden boats on a pool (Southsea?) followed by scenes of people on the terrace, a refreshment building is seen with a sign that reads 'Ices' and a toilet block.

"Fair play for all"

This film is based at the O'Brien's fairground (Southsea ?). It shows the family on a mix of amusement rides including a tandem rocking boat ride, a rocket ride, a tall chair swing and a bumper car ride. A sign reads: '3d' and 'Its O'Brien's' at the entry point for boarding the rocket ride. A traction engine with operator is seen very briefly. The family sort balls ready to play an amusement game.

"The tale of a shirt"

This film follows two adults in a canoe at the seaside. On their return, one adult takes his T-shirt off and hands it to a group of girls. The girls are then seen walking at the water's edge holding the T-shirt trying to dry it out.

"Who sharpened those stones..."

This film shows a small boy perched on some rocks having his foot bandaged. The boy smiles as his injured foot is proudly presented to the camera. The boy then awkwardly limps off bare foot, carrying a small wooden toy boat down a track.

"Bracklesham doings 1939"

The main title is followed by titles: 'Peacefully sleeping in the garden - Grandad has a dream - ' This film has been edited to show the 'Grandad' asleep in an inflatable boat in the garden, dreaming about his day at the funfair. Several stylised film effects show a dream sequence with panorama shots from a rotating Ferris wheel (Promenade at Southsea?) followed by shots of a wooden roller coaster, a sign that reads 'It's Butlin's Moon Rocket', the doorway of a 'Public Bar' and the wall outside and an advert for the 'Pavilion'. Coastal images of paddle steamers and other pleasure craft (Southsea?) can be seen on the shoreline. The sequence ends with horses being ridden on the beach, as the sea laps at the sand (Bracklesham Bay?).

In the next black and white film a family sit in a garden on deck chairs (Bracklesham ?). A man plays a form of swing-ball tennis with a wooden racket whilst the family put on sun cream and clear away cups.

"Martin at work"

In black and white, ‘Martin’ plays swing-ball in a garden. A small dog joins in the game. The dog grabs the ball and refuses to let go, the whole family attempt to get the dog to release the ball.

"Martin at play"

In this section Martin(?) leaves a house wearing a conical Asian style hat badly juggling a set of balls, A dog sits at his feet picking up the balls. In the second sketch two men holding rowing oars, attempt to get into a small inflatable boat. Martin gets knocked out of the boat and the other man throws a lifesaving ring around martin's neck, as if to save him from drowning.

"Cowdray Park"

The black and white titles are followed by colour film of a family having a picnic next to a pond. The final colour scene is from a moving vehicle travelling through narrow streets next to a churchyard, towards a village memorial/roundabout. 'The End'


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