Screen Archive South East is a public sector moving image archive serving the South East of England. The archive's collections of magic lantern slides, films, videos and associated materials capture the many varied aspects of life, work and creativity from the early days of screen history to the present day and serve as a rich and invaluable historical resource.
This film is part of Free
Watery Trail: River Medway
Enjoy this curious couple’s epic quest to follow the River Medway - from its source at Butcher's Basin to the Thames Estuary at Sheerness
From the collection of:
This epic journey starts with a couple investigating the source and course of the River Medway, starting at a boggy Butcher's Basin in the Sussex High Weald. This fascinating journey, past a mixture of rural and industrial views, features stately homes, uniformed RAC men, medieval bridges, locks, weirs, breweries, barges and overhead cranes. We sail past Shorts flying boats, the Thames Queen paddle steamer and warships at Chatham, before finally arriving at Sheerness.
Ashford resident John Hanson Richardson, otherwise known as 'Sonny', began making his entertaining and technically sophisticated amateur films from the mid-1930s onwards - either independently or as a member of the Ashford Association Film Society. Working in both fiction and non-fiction genres, he demonstrated a high degree of skill and enthusiasm for his hobby, as can be seen in this documentary style film about the River Medway, in which he himself appears. One of the locations featured is Groombridge Place, which several decades later was used for exterior scenes in Peter Greenaway's 1982 feature film The Draughtsman's Contract.
Advert 1976 1 mins
Pete and Dud prove to be stout football fans in this Guinness commercial recalling a great sporting moment - however fleeting.
Documentary 1976 26 mins Location: Ingleborough
As if running up one mountain isn’t foolhardy enough, these hardened men in shorts do three, displaying amazing endurance, as well as weary legs and wasted expressions.
Promotional 1969 10 mins Location: Folkestone
There's something for everyone in Folkestone as this promotional film claims - including lidos, fine dining, cliff railways and the weirdest fitness machines ever seen
Magazine and Review show 1982 11 mins Location: Cotmanhay
Trapped by disillusionment - Cotmanhay becomes a prison for Anthony.
Amateur film 1940 5 mins Silent Location: Burnley
Come for a drive around the streets of a busy Lancashire town.
Advert 1972 1 mins
In 1972 Britain entered the European common market full of beans. What could go wrong?
Drama 2023 2 mins
A group of young Black boys run into a building. One of them is about to do the unimaginable.
Romance 2023 2 mins
A queercore romance - a visceral and immersive exploration of the power of the mosh pit and finding love in the most unlikely of places.
Charity appeal 1939 10 mins
Long thought lost, this Powell-directed promotional short for a veteran’s charity was only rediscovered in 2003.
Documentary 1941 6 mins
A poignant, stirring letter from a recently deceased pilot to his mother is read by John Gielgud.
Comedy 2023 2 mins
En-route to her hen weekend, bride-to-be Faye kills the vibe with a bombshell confession.
Documentary 2023 2 mins
An insight into Daytimers, the South Asian DJ collective that are breaking new ground in Britain.