Kiddies Xmas Party 1962
Standard 8mm film Colour Silent 1962 10:25
Summary: Amateur film of a Christmas party for the children of the Brandon Estate, Southwark.
Title number: 1078
LSA ID: LSA/1496
Description: Title card: Kiddies Xmas Party 1962. The film opens with a man blowing up a long balloon. In the hall, tables are set with disposable cups and plates, Christmas crackers, and plates of food down the middle. The children sit at the tables wearing party hats. Adults serve drinks, and the children help themselves to the food on the tables. After the meal, the children begin to get a bit restless. Cake is served. The tables are cleared and the children are re-seated to face the stage. A young girl, then an older girl, sings into the microphone. A man with a cine camera is filmed filming the action on stage. A magician does tricks with doves. A woman plays an accordion. A man gathers a group of children on stage to blow up long balloons (could be a contest). Father Christmas is in the audience and the children gather around him. The film contains many close-ups of the children's faces.
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).
Keywords: Christmas; Children; Party
In galleries: Merry London Christmas!
Locations: United Kingdom; England; London; Southwark