Film ID: YFA 2795 Video of YFA_2795 Moorlands 1962 MOORLANDS 1962 Visitor TabsDescription Two women enjoy a sunny day at the Moorlands with their dog. The outing is narrated by the dog, Mimi, and told from its point of view. This film features Janet, Valerie, and Mimi during a day trip outing at the Moorlands, part of theYorkshire Naturalists Trust. Images of the beautiful flowers and gardens can be seen throughout the film. Given a humorous tone by the narration of the dog, the film captures a beautiful day of leisure for these two women as well as the other tourists they pass along the way. Additionally, within the film are many examples of ladies fashion of the period. Context A lovely whimsical film made by York amateur filmmaker May Webb. This has her pet poodle “Mimi” comically narrating her view of a walk through a colourful wood accompanied by two women, Janet and Valerie, in equally colourful dresses, reflecting the fashions of 1962. Mimi has a rather different take on the walk than her minders, wanting to be let off her lead and then managing to lose the two ladies, and wistfully awaiting for them to turn up. May and her husband Frank ran a photography business in York, and the two were also keen filmmakers, and ran the York cine club, called the Apollo Film Unit. May also collaborated on two marionette animations with another York filmmaker Patrick Olsen. A poodle is the perfect choice for this film with their intelligence and highly trainable nature. However, they are also highly sociable, and they don’t like being left on their own for too long. It was filmed at Moorlands, a beautiful small woodland owned by the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust, and remains as it is in the film. 'The name “Mimi” may have been inspired the 1935 film of that title set in Paris, and of course poodles are closely associated with the French.