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Saga of Valerie Jean Douglas
An epic tale of one girl's life from the ages of one to 22, lovingly filmed by her dad.
Home movie 1949 50 mins
A wonderful achievement of home movie making, this film tells the tale of one girl's life as recorded by her father over the decades. Amateur film maker Sid Douglas shot many films between 1949 and 1970 in London and Sydney and compiled them into this glorious ode to his daughter Valerie Jean, who grows up in the course of the film. Douglas used his talent for intertitles and soundtracks to craft this 'saga' into a remarkable home movie epic. The sound quality is variable in places, but as Sid himself says, "some of these pictures are really beautiful".
This film is from a collection of almost 100 home movies made by Sid Douglas between 1949 and 1977, featuring family and friends at home and on holiday.
I Saw This, November 1940
Home movie 1940 17 mins Location: Swallownest
An enigmatic pot-pourri of a film of a village in wartime. Although life appears here as normal, an inauspicious motif seems to lurk within the avant-garde cinematic style.
In the High Court of Happiness
Non-Fiction 1927 2 mins Location: Ilford
Marital bliss is put to the test in this ancient Essex 'calendar custom'.
The Wedding of Peter and Judith Elliott
Amateur film 1956 14 mins Location: Pinner
Hats, stumbles and happy faces at this wedding film from 1956, taken at the service and reception of Judith and Peter Elliott in Pinner.
Seaside at Westgate, Monica and Jim's Wedding
Amateur film 1930 7 mins
Leslie Goulden's amusing home movie combines beach-time fun with what could be courting couples and the wedding of Jim and Monica
Boulter Family Films: Bridesmaids In Pink, Stratford (1963)
Amateur film 1963 2 mins Location: Stratford
Shocking pink outfits, impressive cake and a gargantuan veil feature in this brief home move shot at this wedding somewhere in East London
Wedding at the Grand in Plymouth
Non-Fiction 1940 1 mins Location: Plymouth
A joyous occasion of marrying a man in uniform as rare moving images are taken in Plymouth.
Olivia Hussey and Leonard Whiting Q&A for Shakespeare Lives
Inside Film 2016 31 mins
The stars of Franco Zeffirelli’s Romeo and Juliet are reunited on stage for the first time since 1968 as part of the BFI and British Council’s Shakespeare on Film.
Amateur film 1965 11 mins Location: Redhill Aerodrome
The skies above Redhill are abuzz with planes as the fliers of Surrey's Tiger Club perform an aerial show for the crowds below
Brighton Seaside - Airshow & Silver Jubilee in Bromley
Amateur film 1977 11 mins Location: Brighton
Tony Mitchell captures a variety of events during Jubilee year - including day trips to Brighton and a bunting covered London as well as an accident at an airshow
This is Bournemouth
Promotional 1969 17 mins Location: Bournemouth
Bournemouth. A holiday resort that’s got the lot. Sunshine, sandy beaches, gardens, shops, fine dining and entertainment - with sports stars and a few beauty queens thrown in
The Building of the Eastern Road flyover on the M27
Amateur film 1970 7 mins Location: Hilsea
The roads around Portsmouth are about to be transformed with concrete and steel in this 1970 film from W J Evans.
A Tour of Conservative Wards in Southampton
Amateur film 1935 14 mins Location: Southampton
A Tory MP and his wife meet their female battalions in a tour of Southampton's wards - while Stanley Baldwin lends his own support at an outdoor fete