Cat no. 2685


Running time10:28 Black & White Silent 1932-1934

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Animal-drawn and mechanised transport of people and goods throughout the world.


AmateurDocumentaryTNA ProjectTravel / TravelogueWomen's Filmmaking

The film begins with an unidentified ship before the intertitle 'South Africa'. A montage of shots follows including: mules pulling a cart [location unknown]; oxen pulling cart laden with sacks across ford [location unknown]; motor vehicle being pushed across a ford and a cable car; a small tug in heavy seas; six people filmed entering wicker basket which is closed and lowered from the ship’s deck onto a waiting vessel, they exit and the basket is returned to the ship; in an unknown urban area in front of a building with the sign ‘The Model Dairy’ an African man pulls a [rickshaw] with a Caucasian male aboard behind him, another [rickshaw] walks into shot with an African male in tribal head-dress and attire with a Caucasian female as passenger, the African male walks to the camera performs a U-turn in the road and runs across screen in front of a building with life assurance signage; the camera pans and follows his progress as he turns into an adjoining road; Africans adjust the pack on an ox.

The intertitle 'Singapore' is followed by brief shots of vessels on the river; rickshaws and pedestrians on an unidentified street.

The intertitle 'Java' precedes a shot of carts loaded with possibly bamboo; one of these vehicles being pushed by a solitary local; men carrying loads on their shoulders.

The intertitle 'India' is followed by a street scene, a man carries a heavy load on his back uphill while other locals look at the camera. Other shots include: pedestrians with a parked car in the background; a woman is carried in a sedan; women with wicker baskets on their backs ascend a hill; men on punts; a street scene with parked cars; camels in a camel train; five small boats with sails; four men walk away from a boat, one carrying the catch; an Imperial Airways bi-plane (G-ARRY) being loaded with airmail, a Caucasian male supervises two Indian males, three bi-planes fly overhead and release parachutes; a van with a Red Cross on it heads towards a man, who has landed by parachute.

The intertitle 'Kashmir' precedes two shots of small canoes, one with an awning possibly for tourists.

The intertitle 'Ceylon' is followed by a man walking away from the camera, carrying bananas possibly; a stationary cart with oxen; an elephant at work in a quarry.

The intertitle 'Egypt' precedes a shot of a camel train.

The intertitle 'Malta' is followed by a shot of rowing boats.

The intertitle 'England' is followed by shots of a policeman directing traffic, a steam train; a shire horse pulling a man on cart; a lorry; a car being towed; cars, a bus; a donkey and small cart; a tram with a ‘Manns Brown Ale’ advertisement on its side. The film concludes with a policeman stopping traffic.

Certificates appended to end of film include:

Class V, “Daily Mail”, International Challenge Trophy, World Amateur Cine Championship, open to any individual or club in the world; First Prize

Winner of the IAC International Challenge Trophy, Awarded for the Best Film submitted by any member or affiliated club of the Institute

Class II, Human Documentary, Solid Silver Bowl presented by the Manufacturers of Sub-Standard Cine Apparatus and Materials, First Prize

Institute of Amateur Cinematographers

Mrs K Thubron; Mr JB Thubron

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