Theme Family Life
Scenes of home and family life, through amateur films, home movies, documentaries and drama form a major part of the archive's collections. Such material includes amateur footage of family events such as Christmas celebrations, weddings, holidays in the UK and abroad, family outings, and leisure time activities, as well as fictional representations of domestic life and relationships are filmed.
Screen Archive South East houses a great deal of amateur family film footage mostly spanning the 1920s to the 1970s. Home movies made by cine-camera owners of their own home and family events include images of a wide range of subjects including everyday domestic life, scenes and events from the local area, and holidays and trips around the UK and abroad.
One example of a rich and fascinating amateur film collection held at Screen Archive South East is the films of Joseph Emberton, a Surrey-based architect who filmed his family and travels from the 1930s to the 1950s. In these films scenes of children at play, every day home life, and seaside outings sit alongside footage of pre-war Germany and travels to Morocco.
Other important amateur collections in the archive include the Gowlland family films which span the 1930s to the 1960s, following the children as they grow into adulthood and have children of their own. The collection of amateur films by Enid Briggs of Broadstairs shows family activities and outings as well as local scenes and events, such as Town and Family Scenes at Broadstairs (1929 - 1938), providing a unique record of life in the region in the 1920s and 1930s.
Films in this theme:
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In this very short film we see a table set for a wedding reception, with a wedding cake being cut. The bride and groom drive away in their car, while guests gather on the street to throw confetti as they leave Other street traffic is seen as they pull out of the driveway. The film is damaged and so the visual quality is poor.
A short film of a 1920s wedding. The film shows traffic in the road outside a church, bridesmaids arriving carrying flowers and the arrival of the bride. The bride and groom emerge from the church after the ceremony and leave in a car. The bridesmaids and guests pose on the steps of the church for the camera.
[Family in Garden]
A short compilation showing a family group with a wheelbarrow in a domestic garden, playing together with the grass cuttings. Several older family members and a Labrador dog join in the game.
A Firemanâ€™s Wedding
A short intertitled film showing scenes from a 'fireman's wedding' at an urban church. The newly weds are seen exiting the church under an arch of fire axes. The couple then leave in the decorated fire engine.
[Jimâ€™s Cat; Cleaves]
A series of short clips show a kitten in a flower pot in the garden; a motorbike with sidecar is driven around a bend on a rural road while a man lies flat on top; a series of fast titles for a Goodwood event; an exterior view of Edward Cleaves' Chemist/ Photography shop in Bognor Regis; and a portrait of a man (Edward Cleaves?) smoking a cigar.
A Lowland Cinderella
Joan Morgan stars as Hester, whose story of misfortune, manipulation, love and redemption mirrors that of Cinderella. Set between the highlands of Scotland, Intertitles provide chapter titles, such as "A Great Day" and "The Storm Comes" and dialogue between characters, but also introduce the characters and their players.
The Mayor of Casterbridge
Sidney Morgan presents Thomas Hardy's tale of a man who changes his ways and makes a success of his life after wrongdoing his wife and child only to loose it all, the first film entirely shot on location in Britain and produced in 1921, the same year as A Lowland Cinderella starring Joan Morgan.
Joe Beckettâ€™s Wedding
|Date||23 August 1923||ID||3157|
This silent newsreel features the wedding of boxer Joseph Beckett. The opening title reads: "Worthing; Joe Beckett's Wedding; Thousands cheer our popular, heavy-weight Champion and his pretty bride; PathĂ© Gazette". Large crowds are seen outside St. Paul's Church on Chapel Road. The film ends with a brief shot of Joe Beckett and his wife smiling.
The Young Squire's Wedding at Warnham Court
|Date||7 June 1923||ID||4902|
This black and white film shows the wedding of Charles Eric Lucas ('Joe') and Doris Brander ('Biddy') on the 7th of June 1923. The film also shows some scenes filmed at a later date showing Biddy and Joe with a baby.
[Warnham Court: Family with Baby]
A family group hold a baby whilst posing for the camera on a garden bench. Colonel Brander holds a dog as the baby's mother 'Biddy' holds the baby with her husband 'Joe'. In portrait a grandmother or a nanny [?] stand at the main door with a domestic nurse as both turn and enter the house. These scenes also feature at the end of Joe and Biddy Lucas's wedding film on TID 4902.
Family scenes filmed in the gardens of Foxhunt Manor at Foxhunt Green in Waldron, East Sussex, in 1926, featuring portraits of family members and staff, including maids, farmhands and stablehands, smiling, laughing and talking.
[Home at Shanghai [?]; Trip to Hong Kong; Armistice Day]
This film opens with the Simpsons filming each other outside a house and the couple aboard a boat, playing games on deck. The next film shows highlights of an Armistice Day memorial event in Central Hong Kong. At the Cenotaph officers and men lay wreaths, surrounded by armed forces veterans and spectators.
[Family Scenes; Holidays; At Stonelands]
|Date||[1927 - 1930?]||ID||726|
Rudd family scenes from the late 1920s and early 1930s, filmed by Mr. and Mrs. Rudd in their garden at Stonelands in Bramley and while on holidays to Brighton, Arundel, Scotland and Cornwall [?] to visit friends and relatives.
['Nutmead' Play: 'Hazeldene Orchestra']
|Date||1927; 1928; 1931||ID||2433|
Percy and Eleanor Grace Nightingale and friends perform a brief play in front of the camera in the garden of their Crawley home 'Nutmead'. The 'Hazeldene Orchestra', under the conductorship of its founder Moses Nightingale, celebrates his 70th birthday and its 50th anniversary with a musical performance in the garden of 'Hazeldene'.
This black and white film features the wedding day activities of Stella Reed, eldest daughter of Austin Reed, outside St Mark's Church on North Audley Street, London. A large number of friends and family attend the service, lining the street outside the church. The shots focus on family members and guests as they enter the shot.
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