Title ID 887Collection ID314
TitleHythe Venetian Fete, 1981
Date19 August 1981
CollectionDavid Milne
Genre/TypeAmateurIndependent AmateurNon-fictionActuality/Factual
KeywordsBoats Canals Celebrations Communities Cultural Heritage Fetes Leisure Time Activities Parades Fancy dress
NationalEngland United Kingdom
ProductionDavid Milne
CameraDavid Milne
FormatSuper 8mm Colour Sound
Duration24 min. 5 sec.
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details


Amateur footage of the biannual Hythe Venetian Fete, an event advertised as a 'water spectacle'. Much of the film is dedicated to the preparation of the floats before they begin their procession along the Hythe Military Canal. The film has a soundtrack comprising of music and diegetic sound.


The film begins with an interview with one of the float designers about his fibreglass pontoon. Numerous teams are filmed creating their floats on the canal, building the structures, painting and accessorizing them. The themed floats include one representing The Hotel Imperial - another carries the title '1980s The Nuclear Threat'. Final preparations are made as the spectators file in through the ticket barriers, browse the food stalls, and find places to sit on the banks of the canal. The Hythe Town brass band entertains them before the procession begins.

The parade of floats is headed by one carrying one of the Cinque Port Mayors who is dressed in full regalia. There follows a sequence of still shots of people in costumes on the floats. The film ends with images of the procession of illuminated floats moving along the canal at night time.


A colour still image taken from TID 887, showing workers constructing a float. A replica royal stagecoach in black and red is being erected on the platform float on the canal.