Old Sussex - Scenery and Occupations of This Southern Country / The Historic Associations of Sussex

'Sussex is a county of wooded ridges, rolling downlands and high chalk cliffs. The main occupation of the Sussex men is farming, and the vary nature of the countryside gives scope for every kind of grazing and cultivation.
Sussex has many historical associations. William the Conqueror built Battle Abbey; Rye was a target for enemy attack in the ninth century; Pevensey Castle was once a Roman stronghold, and the Long Man of Wilmington was carved on the Downs by prehistoric men.
There are many fine examples of Norman castles, mediƦval manor houses, and villages and towns of typical Sussex architecture. Midhurst, with its fine examples of half-timbered cottages, is set in some of the most beautiful woodland in England.
The film concludes with an attractive glimpse of the Sussex coastline.' [1]

Date: 1933
Duration: 11:-- / 09:--

Director: Stanley Allen
Production Company: Alba/TIDA
Producer: -
Cinematographer: -
Composer: -
Narration: Harry Clifford
Editor: -
Sound Recording: -
Song sung by: Thorpe Bates

Length: 35mm: 980ft. 16mm: 390ft / 35mm: 816ft. 16mm: 332ft.


This is the only TIDA-produced film to be included in the 1947-50 edition of Films of Britain, indicating that it was still being distributed a remarkable 17 years after it was filmed. By this date, it carries a much shorter description:
'Some lovely glimpses of the Sussex Downs and woodlands; of typical villages, farms and manor houses; of Rye, one of the Cinque Ports; of Pevensey, where the Normans built a castle on the site of an ancient Roman camp. The film ends with a view of Beachy Head.'

Interestingly, whilst all other films in the 1947-50 edition of the catalogue list their year of production, this film does not. However, it cannot be determined whether this was due to the year of production genuinely being unknown at the time of print, or whether it was a deliberate omission to conceal the age of the film.

It seems that the film was recut sometime before 1947, as the film is listed as being shorter than the original version by this date.

Credits listed here are taken from the British Film Library Catalogue, Vol.2, Non-Fiction Film 1888-1994 (2001 Edition), page 255, ref: 06593.
  1. ^ Films of Britain - British Council Film Department Catalogue - 1940