The Thames, Something's Going On
Standard 8mm film Colour Silent c.1971 19:47
Summary: Amateur film recording London beside the Thames.
Title number: 52
LSA ID: LSA/59
Description: The film begins by Westminster Pier with the Royal Festival Hall and the Shell Building visible across the river. There are some shots of the Houses of Parliament beside the Thames and river tour boats. Three Royal Navy helicopters fly past the Houses of Parliament carrying flags flying beneath their fuselages. On the river, some marines leave landing boat in motorised inflatable dinghies. The river is alive with boating activity, including fire-fighting boats spraying fountains of water up into the air, and many decorated boats including one for the GLC. County Hall is visible in some shots. The filmmaker then makes a boat journey up river on the boat 'Marchioness' past the Houses of Parliament, Battersea Bridge, Battersea power station, Wandsworth Bridge and The Ship public house. The next scenes are filmed in Greenwich in southeast London, with views of the old royal naval college, Greenwich park, the Cutty Sark and Greenwich pier. Back in the centre of town there are riverside views towards the Houses of Parliament, the Shell-Mex building, St Paul's Cathedral (with the Barbican towers also visible). A view shot up river from Tower Bridge includes Bankside power station, and HMS Belfast. There are also some views of Tower Bridge itself. The modern full-size replica of Drake's ship, the Golden Hinde, is filmed moored on the Thames with visitors and crewmembers on its decks. There are also some shots inside the Golden Hinde (these are very dark). The film ends with a sunset over the Thames.
Credits: Director: H.C. Burr
In galleries: London On the Move: Planes, Trains and Buses
Locations: United Kingdom; England; London; City of Westminster | United Kingdom; England; London;Tower Hamlets | United Kingdom; England; London; Greenwich; United Kingdom; England; London; River Thames
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