Film ID:
YFA 3182

A FAMILY AFFAIR

1960

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Description

This is an appeals film from 1960 highlighting the work of the Sailors' Children's Society.  It features the Newland Estate in Hull as well as the branch houses at the seaside. 

Title - AFA - Commentary by John Mills

The film opens with the Hull docks full of ships and workers -  merchant marines - loading cargo.  The film cuts to a city street featuring different food and vegetable shops and bakeries, then cuts back to grain being loaded onto the ship.  The Sunpalermo is the ship featured at the docks.  There are also fishermen at the docks sorting and filleting fish followed by a plea to help the families of the sailors. 

The next portion of the film begins with a view of the Newland Estate.  Each house is assigned a "mother," and we see the ladies sweeping, doing laundry and other household chores.  Other activities on the premises - a groundskeeper, a child bringing loaves of bread to different houses, and girls in the garden.

The film then goes though a ‘typical’ day in the lives of those at the Estate.  In the morning everyone is sure to wash up as cleanliness is important.  The older boys help the younger ones to get ready, and another boy in the house shines his shoes to upkeep his appearance.  The house mother makes eggs for breakfast, and after a meal together, the older children make their way to school on their bicycles, and shortly arrive at the local school with other children their age.  The younger children go to school on the Estate at St. Nicholas. 

The postman arrives with mail, and while featuring a 17 year old girl working with science in the greenhouse, the commentary points out that education as well as contact with others outside of the Estate are both very important aspects of the SCS.

At the Nautical College, boys in uniform march around the school yard, raise different flags, and train in the use of various navigation tools.  Trinity House is another naval school which some of the children attend.

Back at school at the Estate, the younger children learn to weigh and measure and use a small printing press.  In the kindergarten classroom, the children play with clay and later go outside for lunchtime and recess.  While playing at different playground games, including hula-hoop, a little girl cuts her knee.  She is taken to the medical facilities where a member of the nursing staff looks after her.  Here we also see the rest of the medical practice as a doctor gives boys a physical, and there is a dental examination involved as well. 

Back in the residences, the children are in bed with toys - books, puzzles, toy soldiers, and dolls.  They gather for tea, before which grace is said.  After the meal, some children help to wash the dishes while others continue their studies at home.  At the end of the day, the house gathers together one last time for a bit of evening television before bed, and on this night they are watching boxing.  The typical day ends with bedtime prayers.

The next portion of the film shows the children in their recreational and sporting activities.  The Estate has an indoor swimming pool which also acts as a teaching area for lifesaving techniques.  There is football, girl’s basketball, cricket, boxing, and climbing in addition to playing with pet animals outside. 

At the seaside house, children are playing cricket on the beach.  Here, the commentary notes that it is encouraged for the children to go out and socialize with members of the local community.  Here the teenagers play pool and darts as well as dance to the latest music. 

The boys are woodworking, and the girls are sewing, or being trained in ‘housecraft’ in order to make good future wives of the country.  They then proceed to model the dresses which they have made themselves. 

Sunday evening is time for the regular family worship service at church.  Here some of the church ceremony is documented including the congregation singing hymns.  Finally they all gather together outside the orphanage for a group shot, and the film closes with and end title.