Alistair Sawrey-Cookson's home movie is a comic morality tale for naughty children everywhere. A boy and a girl, who'd rather play, drive their tutor to distraction with pranks involving string and a pillow. The next film shows the boy and girl, joined by two other girls, splashing in a large basin. They play a hose on an older woman who gives each a smack. The kids decide to tamper with the family car. Their mum can't start it but says she was actually going to take them for a drive.
When he was 11 Alistair Sawrey-Cookson’s mother gave him a cine camera, which he used to film events and scenarios around Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. He was studying at RADA in London when World War Two broke out, and Alistair went on to serve as an RNVR Lieutenant in the Royal Navy. Always known to have an affinity with the sea and the boats and ships that sailed on it, Alistair made films on a more professional basis, once the war was over, often with nautical themes. His best known film is The Feathered Wheel, which features paddle steamers. He also presented a BBC TV children’s programme called Travel Story, in 1953, which was all about a yacht race from Southampton to Cherbourg.
At Wessex Film and Sound Archive you can see and hear history, from late Victorian times to the present day, through moving images and sound recordings. The Archive contains over 36,000 film and sound recordings relating to Hampshire, the Isle of Wight, Berkshire, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire, including film and tapes of local TV and radio.