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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.
The Wedding, the Beekeeper, the Pigs and the Broads
Home movie 1933 10 mins Silent Location: Pendine Sands
Brayshays in Laugharne, Buckleys at Llangynin, 'Voyager' on the Thames, 'Seafarer' on Pendine Sands and 'Herzogin Cecilie' on the rocks.
Wedding of Dick Catchpole to Angela Scholey
Amateur film 1954 6 mins Silent Location: Old Fletton
Following a chance meeting at the Royal Albert Hall, Dick Catchpole weds his bride Angela in a wonderful summer wedding.
Wedding of Miss Carrie Alexander, Faversham 1913
Non-Fiction 1913 4 mins Silent Location: Faversham
The mayor's daughter gets hitched in style in the Kent market town.
“Let’s Dream” Introducing Clarkson-Richardson Wedding
Amateur film 1949 9 mins Silent Location: Jarrow
A beautiful memento of a post-war wedding in Jarrow on South Tyneside.
Princess Di Wedding and Winter Snow
Amateur film 1982 4 mins Location: Harrow
Everyone's home in Harrow to witness Lady Di's debut as a Royal and a record-breaking winter causes chaos in 1981.
The Wedding of Kathleen and Idris
Amateur film 1955 10 mins Silent Location: Llanarmon-yn-Ial
Beautiful but unusual wedding film in that a pig makes a brief and unexpected appearance, and the bridesmaids appear to be going off on honeymoon with the bride and groom.
Windsor Safari Park and a visit to Blackpool
Amateur film 1971 5 mins Silent Location: Windsor
Join the Lee family as they tour Windsor Safari Park and its famous Dolphinarium in this film from 1971. Then follow them to Blackpool Beach for pony trekking and donkey rides.
Building the new library in Hythe
Amateur film 1962 2 mins Silent Location: Hythe
Hythe is the location for this short film which features a new library under construction as well as other views of this attractive Kent coast town
St Barbara's Royal Garrison Church and Hilsea Barracks
Amateur film 1963 6 mins Silent Location: Hilsea
Witness that last years of Hilsea Barracks in this short and wintry film from F Howard - featuring a community of buildings that have vanished from the map
Netley Marsh Steam Engine Rally 1976
Amateur film 1976 4 mins Silent Location: Netley Marsh
The hot summer of '76 is made even hotter by a line-up of working steam traction engines in this nostalgic film from R H Collins
Building Chichester's new County Library
Amateur film 1965 15 mins Silent Location: Chichester
The ancient city of Chichester's new and very modern public library rises from its concrete foundations in this fascinating film from the mid 1960s
Brickmaking at Pycroft Brickworks
Amateur film 1974 11 mins Location: Hayling Island
You'll be up to your knees in clay when you meet the Pyecrofts in this delightful film about a family brick making business on Hayling Island -