Title ID 8872Collection ID799
TitleA Current Affair
Date[ca. 1988]
Genre/TypeProfessionalTelevision companyInstitutionalNon-fictionCommunity
KeywordsBroadcasting Charities Children Education Youth Youth Organizations
RegionalEast Sussex
NationalEngland United Kingdom
ProductionNine Network [?]
FormatColour Sound
Duration6min. 4sec.
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details


An excerpt from an Australian current affairs programme, 'A Current Affair' originally broadcast in the late 1980s. As part of a London feature, the film highlights the Pestalozzi village at Sedlescombe and includes interviews with the children and staff about the work of Pestalozzi.


Opening title: "ACA A Current Affair, London"; the opening title page counts down with still images of London. The film opens with shots of a metalworking class at the Pestalozzi village, followed by scenes of young people working on the farm; a boy drives a tractor. A nurse instructs students on how to make a hospital bed. The narrator introduces the Pestalozzi village at Sedlescombe, accompanied by shots of the village and children working, the narrator states that the children can spend up to ten years at the village being educated. The Warden, Alan Hatter is interviewed by the presenter who highlights the poor backgrounds which the children come from. A Thai girl is interviewed about the opportunities afforded to her by Pestalozzi, followed by Thai children dancing to traditional music. Shots of sheep; a young boy feeds a lamb. He talks about his life in Israel and the problems in his home country. Shots of children learning nursing; children in their native house with house mother, talking their native language. The reporter talks about past students and the future that present students will have when they return to their home countries. Fundraiser, Betty Charles talks about the attitude of the children to education and work. Shots of a metalworking class and farming activities. A girl talks about the chances given to the children by Pestalozzi and the responsibility they have to return and help others in their countries. The film ends with shots of girls making a hospital bed, and being taught how to bandage an arm.