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Life in Miniature

Budding film director Anthony Armstrong, aged 10, presents a delightful film about things on a smaller scale like locomotives, trams and the tiny town of Bekonscot.

Amateur film 1969 7 mins

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Anthony Armstrong's imaginative film starts and ends with animated titles followed by sequences showing smaller scale versions of their larger counterparts. A bonny baby is followed by a miniature fairground with fully working models. At Romney East station we see a small gauge locomotive carrying its large passengers. Then we're gliding along on the half-sized trams of the Eastbourne Electric Tramway. The final sequence shows the famous model village of Bekonscot.

Anthony Armstrong was taught how to make films by his mother, Beryl, who is also a prolific film-maker and author in her own right. Like his mum, Anthony and his brother Richard made a great number of short documentaries, animated films and comedies. Following in his mother's footsteps, Anthony's film, 'Life in Miniature' was amongst the ten best films of 1970 in an amateur film-makers competition.