Title ID 9871Collection ID694
TitleCross Currents
Date[ca. 1930s]
CollectionBognor Regis Film Society
Genre/TypeAmateurCine/Video clubFictionDrama
ThemeTransport Working Life
KeywordsBoats Law Enforcement Men Quays Rural Areas Sea Fishing Urban Areas Women
RegionalWest Sussex
NationalEngland United Kingdom
ProductionBognor Regis Film Society
CameraBarry Hart
DirectorH.L Guermonprez
EditorH.L Gomey
CastValerie Van Den Burgh as Eve Standing; Zara Platt as Zena Penny; B.J.G Howard as John Batchelor; Anthony Barton as Ronald Carter; R.G.K Billson as Patrick Donneley; M.C Tate as Customs Officer;
ParticipantsSupported by; Betty Masters; Dolly Newport; Irene Platt; Ron Parfrement; Ron Platt; Gladys Negus; Mels Blinkinsop; Mary Parfreme[n]t; John Corley; Peter Bayetto; Chase Findley; Pete Sander; This film thanks the Chichester Yacht club, Felpham Sea Scouts and Southern Railway in the making of the film.
Other creditsAsst Camera - W. Sinnott; Titles R. Croby; Dressers - M. Sinnott, G. Negus; Makeup - V Bateman; Continuity - V. Sinnott;
Format9.5mm Black & White Silent
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details


This complex amateur drama tells the story of a cocaine smuggllng ring on the south coast of England, through a group of women and sailors, at Chichester Harbour, who try to unravel who the culprit might be.


The film opens with a title: 'Bognor Regis Film Society present Cross Currents - A Regis Production' followed by a series of cast and crew credits.

A group of women and sailors try to unravel a cocaine smuggling ring on the south coast of England. Unfortunately the women are captured by the smugglers, forcing them aboard their ship at knifepoint. 'Batchelor' - The man they were supposed to be following, is innocent and raises the alarm with the local police constabulary to help rescue the women. The police arrive and intercept the sailors, finding the women and Bachelor tied up on the ship.


Cross Currents (1930s)

Contextual information

The film opens with a slate 'Amateur Cine World specially commended'.

The vessel featured is the three-masted barquentine Frances and Jane, built in 1878 by Vaux of Harwich. Originally a deep-sea trader on the Newfoundland salt fish trade. Later the vessel was owned in Plymouth and used in the china clay trade from Fowey. In the 1930s it was laid up at Polruan, Cornwall before being converted to a houseboat at Itchenor Creek. It was finally broken up in the 1940s.

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Related resources

A test reel showing elements of the making of this film can be found on: [BRFS Test Film: Cross Currents]