Collection Greenyer Family
Jim and Robina Greenyer made over eighty films during the 1960s and early 1970s, capturing their family life, items of local interest and making short fiction films with membership of the Albany Cine Club.
|Collection ID||273||Reference code||WS 980116|
|Dates||1920s - 1970s|
|Production||Jim Greenyer Albany Cine Club|
|Materials||FILM Standard 8mm Super 8mm 16mm Audio|
|Access status||Contact Screen Archive South East for details|
Screen Archive South East houses over ninety films made by the Greenyer family, which were predominantly made during the 1960s and early 1970s. They offer a unique record of one family's moving image heritage, illustrating an interest in the popular contemporary hobby of cine film-making.
The content of the majority of the films is typical of that found in home movies, namely family celebrations and holidays, and community-driven activities. Indeed, the films in the Greenyer collection illustrate many recurring themes - annual scenes such as the family Christmas celebrations have been repeatedly filmed, providing images of the rituals of the day and idiosyncrasies peculiar to the family.
Jim and Robina Greenyer were however slightly different from the typical amateur home movie film-makers, in that they both had a sustained interest in the medium. Jim Greenyer took cine lessons and gave film shows at youth clubs. Jim Greenyer also worked at a photographic shop in Hove. Robina Greenyer was a member of the Albany Film Unit. The couple's connection with the Albany Film Unit led to members of their immediate family performing in front of the camera in a number of fictional productions, such as The Vision (ca. 1973).
Screen Archive South East 's collection of films made by Jim Greenyer also include films of local interest such as [Film Classes at Sellaby House Adult Education Centre] (ca. 1970) and BBC Radio Brighton (1966 - 1968?).
Films in this collection:
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[Vintage Car Club]
Film with some accompanying music and commentary about the London to Brighton Veteran Car Run, showing: a veteran car being prepared for taking to the start at Hyde Park; the Greenyer family watching the cars traveling along the A23; and the cars arriving at the finish line on Madeira Drive, in Brighton.
[Vintage Car Rally: London to Brighton; River views]
Film of the London to Brighton Veteran Car Run, showing the cars arriving at the finish line on Madeira Drive, in Brighton; and film of activity on a river bank showing people relaxing on the shore and boats on the water.
[Paddling pool in the garden]
Film by Jim Greenyer of his daughter and her friends, and the pet dog playing in the family garden, with music added. Three girls play in a garden paddling pool. Emma-Jane Greenyer then plays in a sand pit. Emma-Jane, mother Robina and grandmother(?) are then seen together in the garden. Note: the music soundtrack has been removed from online version.
[London to Brighton Vintage Car Rally]
Film of the London to Brighton Veteran Car Run, showing the cars arriving at the finish line on Madeira Drive in Brighton and shots of crowds watching.
[Country Dancing; Display of Traction Engines]
Film by Jim Greenyer of two local events with accompanying music. A display of country dancing and Morris dancing is followed by a traction engine show and funfair.
[Family Scenes; Bypass]
A film by Jim Greenyer of his daughter playing outdoors, being pushed on a swing by her parents, and on a woodland walk. Local scenes include views from a car on the A27 Shoreham bypass.
[London to Brighton Vintage Car Rally; At the seaside; Polegate Steam Engine Rally]
A film by the Greenyer family showing scenes from the London to Brighton Veteran Car Run at Madeira Drive; the family on the beach in winter and feeding birds on Swanbourne Lake, Arundel; visiting Polegate Steam Engine Rally in June; in their garden in the summer and on a picnic and playing on a swing.
[Architect’s Model of Town Hall]
Film of a scale model of the proposed new buildings for Hove Town Hall in 1968.
A day out boating on the Thames filmed by Jim Greenyer. The motorboat departs from a riverside house, Mrs Greenyer and her daughter Emma-Jane travel on the boat and scenes of the river and river bank are filmed.
[Brighton Carnival Procession and Anti Litter Campaign]
A short amateur film featuring the involvement of anti litter campaigners in a carnival procession in Hove. Campaigners are seen with placards and on a float in the procession. The film-maker captures on camera the litter left behind once the crowds watching the procession have gone.
Value for Money
An amateur fiction film telling the story of a clock that is bought and sold at different prices over the decades. The film features scenes at a bric-a-brac market.
[Around Woods Mill]
Scenes of a family outing to Woods Mill nature reserve near Henfield, filmed by Jim Greenyer, with some additional sound effects added.
[Demolition of a House]
Scenes of the demolition of a house, showing the roof being removed.
A record of a typical family Christmas made by an amateur cine enthusiast. The film has an accompanying music soundtrack.
A Bird in the Hand
Amateur fiction film about a man who falls asleep in the woods and dreams about a girl dancing with a balloon.
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