Cat no. 1267

Miss Miller's Farm Films

Running time30:02 Colour Silent c.1972 Norfolk, Norfolk

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Scenes on a Norfolk farm.

Genre:

AgricultureAmateurWomen's Filmmaking

Opening scenes of a country lane leading into a farmyard. Farm workers harvesting sugar beet and a tractor ploughing. It is followed by gulls. Outside the farm, there are scenes of grass cutting. The machine deftly manoeuvres around a telegraph pole. A man cuts hedges back. Manure is piled in a filed prior to muck spreading. The film maker films the sunset over the fields. This is one of many similar scenes in the film that record the Norfolk scenery and flora and fauna. Back on the farm, the cattle are fed and there are scenes of applying fertilisers using machines.

Throughout the film there are many sequences showing this using several different machines, according to the fertiliser being used and its method of application. A church is in the background of this initial scene. There is a scarecrow in a field. A tractor pulls a harrow over a field. There are shots of sheep with lambs. A tractor pulls a roller over a field. There is an overhead shot of the field patterns. Women workers riddling potatoes. They do all the work, including the heavy work of lifting sacks of potatoes into the machine and then into the trailer. Seed potatoes are planted by machine. The women sit on the back of the machine loading the seed potatoes.

In the farm yard there are shots of geese and of chickens. After a shot of the farm house there is a shot of pigs in a field. A man uses a hand held pumping machine but what for isn't certain. There are scenes of a dust storm blowing across the fields and the road. A man, accompanied by a small child, cuts a tall crop by hand. There are shots of a field of commercially grown daffodils, of ducks and of cattle in the farm yard and other farm yard scenes. Mustard (or oil seed rape) grows in a field. Goats and kids are filmed. Men thin a crop by hand. Three pigs are walked along the road. There is a shot of workers enjoying lunch in a field. Crops are watered. Cows are taken along the road on the edge of a village. Shots of wild flowers include daisies and poppies. Groups of workers pick lettuces, children help to pick potatoes and there are scenes of groups of people picking strawberries. A duck and ducklings are filmed. A man shoes a horse. There are shots of the harvest and of stooked wheat. The bailer is filmed at work. The final scenes are of straw burning. This gets out of control, setting a piece of machinery on fire.

Background Information:

This film was shot by Miss 'Pip' Miller at several different farms around Norfolk.Two of the boxes in which people are packing strawberries are stamped with the names of companies from Marshland St. James and Outwell, suggesting that this is filmed in the far north west corner of Norfolk. Two of the tractors used in this film are 'L' registration, making the film considerably later that previously thought.

Pip Miller

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