- Title: MY "HUMAN INTEREST" FILM [Main Title]
- Film Number: MGH 5164
- Other titles: AMATEUR FILM BY ROSIE NEWMAN [Alternative Title]
- Summary: A compilation of various short sequences of amateur black and white and colour film shot and edited by Rosie Newman.
- Description: Reel One. Sequence on the work of the Chelsea Day Nursery, London. Shots of mothers and toddlers. Small girl being weighed on scales. Toddler sitting on his mother's knee. A group of mothers and their small children seated in a waiting (?) room. Caption " DOCTOR GIVES ADVICE". Female Doctor talking with a mother and her small child. Large group of mothers and their small children in the garden of the nursery looking towards the camera. Line of wicker cots (bassinets?) on the roof of the nursery building. Caption "HER MAJESTY QUEEN MARY" Still photograph of Queen Mary looking down at a baby in a wicker cot. Close-up of a baby lying in a wicker cot. Various small children seated on chamber pots looking towards the camera. Caption "TEA TIME" Many small children seated around low tables eating their tea. Caption "AND HE WHO GIVES A CHILD A TREAT MAKES JOY-BELLS RING IN HEAVEN'S STREET AND HE WHO GIVES A CHILD A HOME BUILDS PALACES IN KINGDOM COME". Scenes at the Caldecott Community near Maidstone, a refuge for homeless and unwanted children, 1938 or 1939. Young girl feeding chickens. Five young children seated grooming large long haired rabbits. Caption "The Children, proud of the puppets they have cleverly made." Shots of children putting on an open air performance with their marionettes. Nurse seated at a table taking tea with a group of young children Close-up of a young girl drinking. Caption "AND SO TO BED". Nurse and a group of small children on stairs (dark scene). Caption "CIDER BEGGING". Close-up of a small dog (probably a spaniel) raising his front legs begging. Caption "DEAD!" The same small dog lying prone on the carpet. Caption "ROLLIES". The same small dog rolling over and over and receiving a small edible treat. Caption "UNDOING A KNOTTED HANDKERCHIEF". Female hands loosely tie a handkerchief to the same small dog's tail which the dog then pulls loose with his mouth. Caption "ANN ELIZABETH'S CHRISTENING JUNE 23 RD 1937" Church sign board "St Lawrence's Church, Cobham". Exterior of the church. Small group inside the church, including the baby and her mother. Baby being handed to the Vicar and christened. Small group of women and children, including the mother, grandmother (?) and baby, posing for the camera at the church entrance. Christening cake being cut (dark scene). Women standing in garden holding the baby. Close-up of the baby. Reel Two. Caption "THEIR ROYAL HIGHNESSES THE PRINCESSES ELIZABETH AND MARGARET ROSE AT PLAY c.1936 (Kodacolor) The two young princesses at play in a garden with two Welsh Corgi dogs (presumably Rozavel Golden Eagle known as "Dookie" and Rozavel Lady Jane.) HRH Princess Elizabeth and HRH Princess Margaret Rose play with the corgis and a skipping rope made from the dogs' leads tied to a chair. Close-up of the two princesses. (Kodacolor) Shot of a fancy chicken strutting on grass. Small flock of sheep eating from a trough. Men feeding a cereal crop into a threshing machine (?). Small herd of pigs. (Kodacolor) Signpost "Raynham Hall and Church" Caption "RAYNHAM HALL BRINGS MEMORIES OF QUEEN ANNE". (Kodacolor) Exterior shot of Raynham Hall, Norfolk. Brief shot of two small houses with step gables. Shot of Raynham Church. Caption " A PEEP AT WHIPSNADE" (Kodacolor) Shot of animals at Whipsnade Zoo, Dunstable, Bedfordshire - ostrich, giraffes, zebras, black necked swans, cockatoo (?) polar bears, and tigers. Caption " THE KING OF BEASTS". Shots of male lions.
- Access Conditions: IWM Attribution: © IWM (MGH 5164)
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- Production Date: 1936 - 1939
- Production Country: GB
- Production Details: Newman, RosieBritish film-maker, "Britain at War" (Production individual) Newman, RosieBritish film-maker, "Britain at War" (Production individual)
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- Physical Characteristics: Colour format: B&W (part Colour) Sound format: Silent Soundtrack language: None Title language: English Subtitle language: None
- Technical Details: Number of items/reels/tapes: 2 Footage: 292 ft; Running time: 12 mins
- Notes: Film acquired from Colin Shaw, son of Rosie Newman's post-war chauffeur/projectionist William Norman Shaw. Acquired on the same reel as MGH 5165 "England Our England". The scenes at The Caldecott Community duplicate material "Caldecott" IWM ref MGH 5166 For further information about The Caldecott Community please see note on the catalogue entry for this film. An unstructured compilation of short black and white and Kodacolor sequences. For storage and preservation purposes the Imperial War Museum split the item in to two reels, reel one black and white film, reel two predominately Kodacolor film. Miss Rosie Newman had a home at 146 Piccadilly, London, next door to 145 Piccadilly a house used by the Duke of York (later King George VI) and his family, before his accession to throne. Initial cataloguing notes taken from a single viewing of the Master copy. Some identifications are tentative. Whipsnade Zoo, Dunstable, Bedfordshire, first opened to the public on 23 May 1931.
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