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Items From the Here and There
A selection of films compiled with intertitles by Dr. Victor Don, including bought-in films of South America, golf techniques and animals, and his own footage of the boys and his family. The reel was first shown to Ashford and Kingsmorth Beavers and Scouts in 1933.
Splashes of Colour
The family and friends of Dr. Victor Don, a medical doctor and amateur film-maker, are filmed in the family's garden in Ashford and on outings to parks, rivers and fields in Kent in 1936.
Building of Penlee Point on Canterbury Road
This film charts the building of a large detached house on Canterbury Road near Ashford, from the laying of its foundations to the nearing of its completion. All of the work done on the house is manual. The film also includes aerial shots of the plot and surrounding land.
Ashford Hospital Appeal
A film by amateur film-maker Dr. Victor Don, advocating the important and costly work carried out by ambulance attendants, doctors, chemists, anesthetists and nurses at Ashford Hospital in Kent during 1937. A short narrative sequence opens the film, during which a man is taken to hospital after being hit by a car.
[Workmen’s Lunch Break; Building at Penlee Point (?)]
A single, brief panning shot of male workers taking a break, sitting on the ground outside some wooden huts.
[Motor Club Events]
Members of the 'Ashford Kent Motor Club' are filmed at various events during 1938 and 1939. Amongst these are a motorcycle hill-climb at Brook, a speedway competition on a rural track, and The Dunlop Trophy Trial which takes place in the Kent countryside. There is also footage of a black-tie dinner and a filmed reconstruction in which a father responds to the birth of his baby son.
Watery Trail: River Medway
This well-made amateur film with intertitles chronicles the River Medway, tracing it from its source at Turners Hill to its mouth at Sheerness, capturing the places and industries which line its banks.
[Holidays at Westgate]
|Date||[1939; ca. 1940]||ID||6130|
Film documenting the Newman family's 3 week holiday in Westgate, Kent in 1939. The film includes scenes of the family at the beach. The second part of this film shows the family during the Whitsun Holiday of 1940. These parts of the film include references to the war and the Battle of Britain.
[Wartime at Home]
|Date||[ca. 1940 - 1943]||ID||749|
A compilation of seemingly staged footage, filming people visiting a family home during the Second World War. Two young children playing in the pond, and a young soldier courting his sweetheart, are amongst those visiting the house's garden.
Mrs Newlywed’s First Dinner
Made in the late 1940s this humorous amateur fiction film depicts a young wife who decides to cook fresh fish for dinner. After a series of culinary disasters she admits defeat and buys fish and chips from the chip shop.
[Horse-drawn Fire Engine]
A pair of newlyweds are paraded through a town centre, borne on a vintage horse-drawn fire engine.
[Ashford Railway Works: Local Industries and Farming]
An extensive record of Ashford's industries and manual workers in the immediate post-war era, including Ashford Railway Works and Ashford Cattle Market.
The Last Chord: The Life Story of a Merchant Seaman
A fictionalised account of the life of a young merchant seaman, which includes footage of his wedding. The crew of the RNLI lifeboat 'Charles Cooper Henderson' rescue him after he is shipwrecked, causing great relief to his wife and child. The poetic images were originally edited to a classical score; a similar score has been reinstated for the online version.
[Two of A Kind]
An amateur fiction film concerning a case of mistaken identity. A middle-class couple go to a fancy-dress party where the theme is 'tramps'. Meanwhile, two real-life tramps utilize the couple's empty house, an act which causes confusion when the party ends and the couple return home.
[1. Screen Test. 2. Face Make-Up]
Two films photographed by 'Sonny' Hanson for the film-making arm of The Ashford Association Film Society. The first film contains the screen tests of male and female amateur actors; the second records an actress having her make-up applied.
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