Friday August 18 2017

A special Screen-on-Sea ‘pop up’ cinema will arrive on the Aldeburgh shore as part of the 75th Carnival celebrations on Monday 21 August.

Screen-on-Sea, produced by the Cambridge Film Trust, will be set up all day on the beach near the North Look Out Tower a. In honour of the Carnival’s anniversary, the Britten-Pears Foundation has leant a fascinating film from its archive: colour footage of the 1950 Carnival commissioned by Aldeburgh’s Mayor that year and filmed by William Thomas Towler. By kind permission of the filmmaker’s son, Nevill Towler, extracts from the film will be shown, featuring a selection of vibrant carnival floats and fancy dress costumes at the first post-war carnival. Based in London at the time, Nevill remembers many family holidays in Aldeburgh and his father’s passion for filming on his Paillard Bolex camera:

This was the first Carnival after the war after years of austerity and a great celebration for the town. I don’t feature in the film but was my father’s ‘young assistant’!

Golf at Thorpeness in the 1930s

Other films will include a family holiday in Aldeburgh in 1935, a promotional film of Thorpeness, and a home movie from the 1930s showing toddler Dick Catchpole helping the local fishermen haul in the boats.

The Screen-on-Sea, in partnership with the Cambridge Film Trust and the BFI’s ‘Britain on Film’ project, aims to transport viewers through the decades from the ‘20s and witness the fun and frolics of seaside holidays, the harvesting by local fisherman and the enduring beauty of our coastline.

Jane Jarvis, Screen-on-Sea Project Manager says:

“It has been great to work with the local councils and organisations who share our enthusiasm for showcasing this unique, moving image heritage. The screenings we have done so far this summer has brought smiles all round across all generations. It is lovely to hear peoples’ comments and delight when they share their memories”

For more information on these events and others around the UK Coast visit Britain on Film.

Screen-on-Sea will start from 12noon until dusk (approx. 8pm) on Monday 21 August.