Film ID:
YFA 2542

1920'S BOY

1978

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Description

1920's Boy was made in the late 1970s by an amateur filmmaker, Mr Ron Broadbent of Keighley, who was a member of the local cine-club. A historically significant film based on illustrator and artist Mr Stanley R. Boardman's 1973 book '1920's Boy: Reminiscences of a Yorkshire Childhood', it used a combination of Mr Boardman's storytelling in a strong regional accent, his paintings, and live footage of the present day filmed by Mr Broadbent to give the viewer an often comical glimpse of children growing up in the area in the 1920s. The film was a great success as it won The Institute of Amateur Cinematographers Daily Mail Challenge Trophy for the Best Amateur Movie of the Year in 1978, though there was some controversy at the time as the film needed 'translation' for people to understand the broad Yorkshire accent.

Title - 1920's Boy
A film by Ron Broadbent
Assisted by Keith Overend
Narrated by Stan Boardman

The film opens with close ups showing Mr Boardman painting in his studio before cutting to show exterior shots of Fell Lane in Keighley where the story begins. The voiceover informs the viewer that in the 1920s the streets due to lack of cars were safe. Paintings show groups of boys in shorts and flat caps and girls in dresses playing hopscotch and a made up game called 'piggy and stick' where coal was knocked around an iron grate in the road. The action cuts to show a similar grate in close up present day to emphasise the fact that the streets are no longer safe to play in.