|Title ID||8613||Collection ID||992|
|Date||[ca. 1937 - 1947?]|
|Theme||Urban Life Family Life|
|Keywords||Clothing Family Gardening Parks Plants|
|Format||16mm Colour Silent|
|Copyright & Access||Copyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details|
This colour film shows a flowering urban garden, with a visiting bumblebee. Intertitles throughout. The family also visit the Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew. (Poor colour issues with tinted magenta, cyan and out of focus shots)
A view through the back door into the rear garden (Croydon?) is followed by close ups of flowering tulips and other border plants around a rockery and small pond follow. A small green glasshouse can be seen at the rear of the garden and two Jackdaws (birds) on the lawn eating food scraps.
The next section opens with a close up of a flowering water lily on a pond, followed by several red and blue overly coloured shots of the front garden leading to the road. The houses on the street are visible, along with a family passing by. The view moves to the back garden where the family play. (The shot is very blue). Further shots follow of the flowering garden and the rockery.
"A day in the life of a bee"
This section follows a bee as it moves around the garden, dipping in and out of flowers. (The shots are very dark and heavily tinted magenta or blue)
"I pass these by - too prickly"
Several small cacti in the rockery, seen from the bumblebee's perspective, (Tinted magenta shots and some out of focus) the film then fades to black.
The children are seen dressed up walking along the street and into the front garden wearing Georgian (ca.1700s) style fancy dress clothing. They knock at the door and are let in. They promenade around the garden arm in arm, over acting the movement of smelling the flowers. (Pictures are heavily tinted magenta throughout).
In the next shot, a posy of flowers in a basket is sat upon a doily on a table, followed by shots of the garden in full bloom filmed from a first floor balcony. A playing field, neighbouring houses and dog sat in the garden can be seen from the balcony below. Two chimneys from the Croydon Power station (?) can be seen at the start of the second garden panorama, overlooking the greenhouse.
"Another garden at Kew"
The film shows the family exploring the gardens, pond and parkland at Kew. The family visit a tropical glasshouse with 'Nymphaea Colorado' lilies, watch the fish and view the desert cacti display, a title reads: 'The End'.