Film ID:
NEFA 19843



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A home movie recording scenes from the life of the son of Dr H Brenton Porteous, from the age of 6 weeks to two and a half years old, shot at the family home in Osborne Road, Jesmond, in Newcastle. There is also footage of holiday trips to Edinburgh and Cornwall around 1931.

The film begins with scenes of the baby Ian wrapped in blankets at the family home with his nursemaid, lifted out of a pram, and in a deckchair, stirring the Christmas pudding mixture in a tin bowl. He is also seen walking as a two year old in the garden at Osborne Road.

Footage of Edinburgh Castle, panoramic shots of Edinburgh city from the castle, and shots of animals in enclosures at Edinburgh zoo.

A visit to Cornwall includes shots of Ian and family members on a beach, Ian digging a hole on the beach.

Briefly, Ian is pictured with his nanny in a garden, and with a driveable toy car.

General views follow of a cathedral town, a wooded cove and steep hillsides of a fishing village and harbour in Cornwall (possibly Perranporth.) A man leads Ian on a donkey up a steep cobbled lane. Back on the beach, Ian digs a hole in a sandcastle with flags on a beach. There are views over the harbour with a flock of seagulls. A woman walks down towards the harbour.

Ian is with his mother walking down to a beach and then seated in deckchair. He shouts at the camera to go away, making faces.

Views of a beach with natural rock arches follow. Back on the beach, Ian and a small girl companion are playing on the beach and in a rock pool, two women watching over them in the background.