A chronicle of the everyday happenings in 1938 in the lives of the film-makers Laurie and Stuart Day. The film was completed in 1947.
Amateur; Home Movies
The opening intertitle reads `In these times of strain it is pleasant to recall the happy-go-lucky days we took so much for granted before the war. This is a chronicle of the everyday happenings of 1938 - the Last Year of Peace'. Opening shots of the snow-covered countryside. Shovelling snow from the path of their home. Children snowballing. Mother nursing a sick child. Rain falling on the garden and rain clouds. Mr Day working in the greenhouse planting seeds. Spring arrives - birds in the trees, the trees coming into blossom. sheep with their lambs; Mr Day gardening and playing with a puppy; Mrs Day spring cleaning, dusting and hoovering. Dusting of a photograph frame reminds Mrs Piper of past times when she was a bridesmaid, seaside holidays and swimming in an open-air pool. Colour sequence of a summer holidays in Switzerland. Colour sequence of harvesting and picking fruit in the orchards. Colour sequence of Christmas with the family - a Christmas trees with lights, opening presents and Mr Day dressed as Father Christmas. The final intertitle reads `And so died 1938. Was there a warning in the dawn of 1939?'.
Completed in 1947
Laurie and Stuart Day