A New Town Story
- Contextual Information
- ID no. 3185
- Accession no. WS 950110
|Production||Crawley Film Unit|
|Summary||This amateur film captures the community-centred ethos in the fledgling New Town of Crawley. An accompanying script was read aloud at screenings.|
|Description||The film opens with photographs of various settlements and with a reconstruction of a performance by a male Victorian drawing room singer. Prior to the New Town being built, a lack of adequate facilities forced residents' meetings to take place in the cramped living rooms of private homes. Work is underway on building sites across Crawley New Town - completed buildings include modern factories, houses and schools. Evening entertainment is represented by neon signs advertising the Odeon Cinema, milk and Coca-Cola. An exterior shot of the Embassy Cinema during the day is followed by images of the county library, housed in one of the town's community huts. Crawley Football Club play a soccer match and young boys dig a hole with spades loaned to them at the adventure playground. A town meeting about 'The Future' takes place at the community hall on West Green Drive. Some of the local clubs are filmed - teenage boys play table tennis and snooker at the games hall, couples practice ballroom dancing, and an amateur dramatics society rehearses. The Crawley Carnival brings the whole community together - a Royal Marines marching band leads a parade of fancy dress entrants and floats along the High Street. A model of the proposed Crawley Technical College is filmed, bringing the film to a close.
A PDF file of the accompanying script is available. Click on the 'contextual information' tab above to access this document and further related resources.
|Keywords||Building Construction; Buildings; Carnivals; Children; Clubs ; Communities; Leisure Time Activities; Parades; Recreational Facilities ; Urban Areas|
|Duration||14 mins 40 secs|
|Screen Archive South East, University of Brighton;
Region on Film DVD (extracts)
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