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In the Park / 2i’s Cafe (Fun Palace outtakes)

Model planes and Soho transactions are captured in this intriguing double bill of street filming from London in 1963.

Amateur film 1963 3 mins Silent


Out-take from a film made by Joan Littlewood to explore the leisure options for Londoners in 1963. It starts in a park, where children play ball, dogs fetch and there’s some serious business with model planes. Then we move to Soho, snooping on a doorway where a conversation is taking place between a young woman and two police officers next to the famous 2i’s coffee house on Old Compton Street (Screaming Lord Sutch is advertised as playing), to the curiosity of its customers.