Sun - Fun - Canvey
Standard 8mm film Colour Silent 1970 16:55
Summary: Amateur film of the annual summer day trip to Canvey Island by the residents of the Brandon Estate, Southwark.
Title number: 1076
LSA ID: LSA/1494
Description: A sequence of title cards: BECC presents SUN FUN CANVEY. The film opens with the local policeman, and then children and adults arrive to board the coaches. The local butcher waves to the camera, and some of the adults chat to the filmmaker. Close-ups of people in the coaches, filmed from inside or seen through the windows. Close-ups of the coach drivers and the St John's Ambulance man. As the coaches set off, the camera films out the window at the area around the estate, then the passengers. When they arrive at Canvey Island, they disembark at the amusement park and mill around outside Sally's Bar and the other restaurants at the fun fair. Some children have candy floss. Children ride a miniature railway. As it a sunny day, many of the coach party go down to the beach. Children in swim suits play in the water and on the sand. Some boys paddle on lilos. Adults sun themselves on deckchairs. Back at the fairground, a boy has won a goldfish. The cameraman rides a roller coaster, then the bumper cars, then the helter skelter, filming the view and the thrill of the ride. A baby screams in a pram. Intertitle: THE END.
Credits: director: Richard Morgan; director: Brian Waterman
Further information: The Brandon Estate was built in 1958 and housed people from Bermondsey whose houses had been demolished in slum clearance. The residents formed several clubs, and the cine club filmed events run by the social club, which met above the library. Filmmaker Brian Waterman joined the cine club age 17 and bought his camera with his first pay packet (he worked for London Underground).
At the very beginning pf the film, you can spot PC Harry Cole (1930-2008) from Carter Street Police Station in Walworth Road He now has a Southwark Blue Plaque. (http://www.london-se1.co.uk/news/view/2460)
Keywords: Canvey Island; Summer; Trip
Locations: United Kingdom; England; Essex; Canvey Island