GB 1955 17mins Dir: John Irwin Starring: Peter Butterworth and Humphrey Kent
Annoyed by the noise of children playing, an angry man attempts to prevent them from enjoying themselves
This short comedy adventure from the Children’s Film Foundation centres around the Volk’s Electric Railway in Brighton. Despite the many hundreds of films that have used Brighton as a setting over the years, footage of the 2ft gauge railway along the seafront has been suprisingly non-existent and, as far as the author is aware, this is the only known appearance. The CFF has come up trumps yet again, for what the other films have lacked this one definitely makes up for. The film centres around children who have been barred from their favourite local seaside playground by the irritable, child-phobic president of the fictitious Society of Organised Fun. Arriving tightly packed and singing in unison onboard Brighton’s unique little railway, the children are victorious in their quest, helped in no small part by comedy actor Peter Butterworth 10 years before his appearence in the Carry On film series. The author would like to thank Phil Wilkinson and the reelstreets team for the screen captures and information behind the locations.