Distribution

Britain on Film: Coast & Sea

Dir: various

United Kingdom (UK)

1901-1978

93 mins

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Play Dates

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  • South East
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  • North
  • Midlands
  • South West
  • Scotland
  • Northern Ireland
  • Wales

Abergavenny U3A

23/03/2018

- 23/03/2018

Abergavenny

Addingham Civic Society

20/09/2018

- 20/09/2018

Ilkley

Aldeburgh Cinema

15/07/2017

- 19/07/2017

Excluded Dates: 16th,17th,18th

Aldeburgh

Arts Alive and Flicks in the Sticks

15/02/2018

- 15/02/2018

Michaelchurch Escley

Arts Picturehouse

19/06/2018

- 19/06/2018

Cambridge

Battle U3A

08/01/2018

- 08/01/2018

Bexhill on Sea

Beckenham and Bromley - Historical Association

15/11/2018

- 15/11/2018

Beckenham

Bedford Central Library

21/09/2018

- 21/09/2018

Bedford

Belford Community Cinema

25/07/2017

- 25/07/2017

Waren Mill, Belford

BFI Southbank

11/09/2017

- 11/09/2017

Lambeth,

London

Brewery Arts Centre

20/11/2019

- 21/11/2019

Kendal

Broadway Cinema

26/08/2017

- 26/08/2017

Nottingham

Cheshunt U3A

03/10/2017

- 03/10/2017

Cholesbury-cum-St Leonard’s Local History Group

12/05/2018

- 12/05/2018

Chesham

Cleethorpes Library

02/05/2018

- 02/05/2018

Cleethorpes

Curzon Cinema & Arts

04/09/2017

- 09/09/2017

Excluded Dates: 5th-8th

Clevedon

Depot

25/06/2017

- 25/06/2017

Lewes

Dunoon Film Festival

10/11/2018

- 10/11/2018

Dunoon

Eden Court Theatre

15/07/2017

- 20/07/2017

Excluded Dates: 17th, 18th, 19th

Electric Palace Cinema - Hastings

02/08/2018

- 02/08/2018

Hastings

Electric Picture House (Wotton)

09/07/2017

- 09/07/2017

Wotton-under-Edge

Epping Forest District Museum

23/05/2018

- 23/05/2018

Waltham Abbey

Faringdon and District U3A

18/01/2018

- 18/01/2018

Faringdon

Films at Shadforth

20/05/2018

- 20/05/2018

Shadforth

Folkestone Harbour Company

08/08/2018

- 08/08/2018

Folkestone

Fordingbridge & District U3A

21/02/2018

- 21/02/2018

Fordingbridge

Friends of The National Archives

30/05/2018

- 30/05/2018

Richmond

Friern Barnet and District Local History Society

28/11/2018

- 28/11/2018

London

Glasgow Film Theatre

13/08/2017

- 13/08/2017

Glasgow

Glasgow Film Theatre

23/11/2017

- 23/11/2017

Glasgow

Harraby Community Theatre

05/02/2018

- 05/02/2018

Carlisle

Hartley Wintney U3A

06/11/2018

- 06/11/2018

Hartley Wintney

Hayling Island Library

23/06/2018

- 23/06/2018

Hayling Island

Hickling Village Hall

06/03/2018

- 06/03/2018

Melton Mowbray

Historical Association (Lincoln Branch)

23/04/2018

- 23/04/2018

Lincoln

Kirkgate Arts

17/08/2017

- 17/08/2017

Cockermouth

Lakes Alive

10/09/2017

- 10/09/2017

Kendal

Long Sutton & District Civic Society

20/05/2019

- 20/05/2019

Long Sutton

Maldon & District U3A

22/03/2018

- 22/03/2018

Maldon

National Maritime Museum Cornwall

20/06/2018

- 20/06/2018

Falmouth

Northern Light Cinema

06/02/2019

- 06/02/2019

Wirksworth

Northrepps Film Society

02/11/2017

- 02/11/2017

Northrepps

Number 8 Community and Arts Centre

03/05/2018

- 09/05/2018

Excluded Dates: 4th-8th

Pershore

Nuneaton Historical Association

19/09/2018

- 19/09/2018

Nuneaton

Overton & District U3A

04/02/2019

- 04/02/2019

Overton

Pocklington Arts Centre

30/06/2017

- 30/06/2017

Pocklington

Preston Park U3A

11/09/2017

- 11/09/2017

Brighton

Queen's Film Theatre

23/07/2017

- 23/07/2017

Belfast

Ropetackle Film Club

08/09/2017

- 08/09/2017

Shoreham By Sea

Screen Tiree

28/10/2017

- 28/10/2017

Isle of Tiree

Somerset Film

20/06/2019

- 20/06/2019

Bridgwater

South Ribble Museum & Exhibition Centre

18/01/2018

- 18/01/2018

Leyland

South Ribble Museum & Exhibition Centre

17/02/2018

- 17/02/2018

Leyland

South Yardley Library

17/09/2018

- 22/08/2018

Excluded Dates: 18th-21st

Birmingham

Southwater Village Hall (Welcome Club)

03/04/2019

- 03/04/2019

Horsham

Square Chapel Centre for Arts

23/07/2017

- 23/07/2017

Halifax

Stamford Arts Centre

26/10/2017

- 26/10/2017

Stamford

Storyhouse

08/07/2017

- 08/07/2017

Chester

Takeley Local History Society

12/02/2019

- 12/02/2019

Takeley

Thatcham Town Council

13/10/2018

- 13/10/2018

Thatcham

The Keep Archives

11/08/2018

- 11/08/2018

Brighton

The Leyburn Arts Centre Ltd

01/08/2017

- 01/08/2017

Leyburn

The Watermark

19/07/2017

- 19/07/2017

Ivybridge

Theatr Clwyd

02/08/2017

- 02/08/2017

Mold

Tonbridge U3A

08/10/2019

- 08/10/2019

Hildenborough

Treeton Local History Group

27/09/2018

- 27/09/2018

Rotherham

Tywyn Cinema - The Magic Lantern

19/10/2018

- 20/10/2018

Twywyn

Ultimate Picture Palace

13/08/2017

- 14/08/2017

Oxford

Waltham Library

12/04/2019

- 12/04/2019

Waltham

Washfield Memorial Hall

20/09/2019

- 20/09/2019

Tiverton

Wem Town Hall

17/07/2018

- 19/07/2018

Excluded Dates: 18th

Wem

Whitehaven Archive and Local Studies Centre

20/02/2018

- 20/02/2018

Whitehaven

Worthing U3A

24/10/2017

- 24/10/2017

Abergavenny U3A

23/03/2018

- 23/03/2018

Abergavenny

Addingham Civic Society

20/09/2018

- 20/09/2018

Ilkley

Arts Alive and Flicks in the Sticks

15/02/2018

- 15/02/2018

Michaelchurch Escley

Battle U3A

08/01/2018

- 08/01/2018

Bexhill on Sea

Beckenham and Bromley - Historical Association

15/11/2018

- 15/11/2018

Beckenham

Bedford Central Library

21/09/2018

- 21/09/2018

Bedford

Belford Community Cinema

25/07/2017

- 25/07/2017

Waren Mill, Belford

Cheshunt U3A

03/10/2017

- 03/10/2017

Cholesbury-cum-St Leonard’s Local History Group

12/05/2018

- 12/05/2018

Chesham

Cleethorpes Library

02/05/2018

- 02/05/2018

Cleethorpes

Dunoon Film Festival

10/11/2018

- 10/11/2018

Dunoon

Electric Palace Cinema - Hastings

02/08/2018

- 02/08/2018

Hastings

Electric Picture House (Wotton)

09/07/2017

- 09/07/2017

Wotton-under-Edge

Epping Forest District Museum

23/05/2018

- 23/05/2018

Waltham Abbey

Faringdon and District U3A

18/01/2018

- 18/01/2018

Faringdon

Films at Shadforth

20/05/2018

- 20/05/2018

Shadforth

Folkestone Harbour Company

08/08/2018

- 08/08/2018

Folkestone

Fordingbridge & District U3A

21/02/2018

- 21/02/2018

Fordingbridge

Friends of The National Archives

30/05/2018

- 30/05/2018

Richmond

Friern Barnet and District Local History Society

28/11/2018

- 28/11/2018

London

Hartley Wintney U3A

06/11/2018

- 06/11/2018

Hartley Wintney

Hickling Village Hall

06/03/2018

- 06/03/2018

Melton Mowbray

Historical Association (Lincoln Branch)

23/04/2018

- 23/04/2018

Lincoln

Kirkgate Arts

17/08/2017

- 17/08/2017

Cockermouth

Lakes Alive

10/09/2017

- 10/09/2017

Kendal

Long Sutton & District Civic Society

20/05/2019

- 20/05/2019

Long Sutton

Maldon & District U3A

22/03/2018

- 22/03/2018

Maldon

National Maritime Museum Cornwall

20/06/2018

- 20/06/2018

Falmouth

Northern Light Cinema

06/02/2019

- 06/02/2019

Wirksworth

Northrepps Film Society

02/11/2017

- 02/11/2017

Northrepps

Number 8 Community and Arts Centre

03/05/2018

- 09/05/2018

Excluded Dates: 4th-8th

Pershore

Nuneaton Historical Association

19/09/2018

- 19/09/2018

Nuneaton

Overton & District U3A

04/02/2019

- 04/02/2019

Overton

Pocklington Arts Centre

30/06/2017

- 30/06/2017

Pocklington

Preston Park U3A

11/09/2017

- 11/09/2017

Brighton

Ropetackle Film Club

08/09/2017

- 08/09/2017

Shoreham By Sea

Screen Tiree

28/10/2017

- 28/10/2017

Isle of Tiree

Somerset Film

20/06/2019

- 20/06/2019

Bridgwater

South Ribble Museum & Exhibition Centre

18/01/2018

- 18/01/2018

Leyland

South Ribble Museum & Exhibition Centre

17/02/2018

- 17/02/2018

Leyland

South Yardley Library

17/09/2018

- 22/08/2018

Excluded Dates: 18th-21st

Birmingham

Southwater Village Hall (Welcome Club)

03/04/2019

- 03/04/2019

Horsham

Square Chapel Centre for Arts

23/07/2017

- 23/07/2017

Halifax

Stamford Arts Centre

26/10/2017

- 26/10/2017

Stamford

Storyhouse

08/07/2017

- 08/07/2017

Chester

Takeley Local History Society

12/02/2019

- 12/02/2019

Takeley

Thatcham Town Council

13/10/2018

- 13/10/2018

Thatcham

The Keep Archives

11/08/2018

- 11/08/2018

Brighton

The Leyburn Arts Centre Ltd

01/08/2017

- 01/08/2017

Leyburn

Tonbridge U3A

08/10/2019

- 08/10/2019

Hildenborough

Treeton Local History Group

27/09/2018

- 27/09/2018

Rotherham

Tywyn Cinema - The Magic Lantern

19/10/2018

- 20/10/2018

Twywyn

Waltham Library

12/04/2019

- 12/04/2019

Waltham

Washfield Memorial Hall

20/09/2019

- 20/09/2019

Tiverton

Wem Town Hall

17/07/2018

- 19/07/2018

Excluded Dates: 18th

Wem

Whitehaven Archive and Local Studies Centre

20/02/2018

- 20/02/2018

Whitehaven

Worthing U3A

24/10/2017

- 24/10/2017

Aldeburgh Cinema

15/07/2017

- 19/07/2017

Excluded Dates: 16th,17th,18th

Aldeburgh

Arts Picturehouse

19/06/2018

- 19/06/2018

Cambridge

Depot

25/06/2017

- 25/06/2017

Lewes

Ultimate Picture Palace

13/08/2017

- 14/08/2017

Oxford

BFI Southbank

11/09/2017

- 11/09/2017

Lambeth,

London

Brewery Arts Centre

20/11/2019

- 21/11/2019

Kendal

Harraby Community Theatre

05/02/2018

- 05/02/2018

Carlisle

Broadway Cinema

26/08/2017

- 26/08/2017

Nottingham

Curzon Cinema & Arts

04/09/2017

- 09/09/2017

Excluded Dates: 5th-8th

Clevedon

Hayling Island Library

23/06/2018

- 23/06/2018

Hayling Island

The Watermark

19/07/2017

- 19/07/2017

Ivybridge

Eden Court Theatre

15/07/2017

- 20/07/2017

Excluded Dates: 17th, 18th, 19th

Glasgow Film Theatre

13/08/2017

- 13/08/2017

Glasgow

Glasgow Film Theatre

23/11/2017

- 23/11/2017

Glasgow

Queen's Film Theatre

23/07/2017

- 23/07/2017

Belfast

Theatr Clwyd

02/08/2017

- 02/08/2017

Mold

Let’s go to the seaside! Travel round our gorgeous, varied coast, filmed throughout the 20th century from 1901 to 1978, in our fourth programme from Britain on Film on Tour.

Take a nostalgic promenade to classic British holiday resorts including Weston-super-Mare, Morecambe and Skegness, a visit to Butlin’s in Brighton and 1930s surfing in Newquay, while a 1947 information film cleverly undercuts travel clichés by showing how Dover, a traditional tourist town, is remaking itself after heavy bombings during WWII.

Enjoy a lush travelogue around the coast via Claude Friese-Greene’s wonderfully re-coloured footage, as eloquent as a painting. Learn about lifeboats via the RNLI’s brisk, engaging promotional film; the private life of seabirds in Julian Huxley’s pioneering, Oscar-winning short film, a triumph of early environmentalism and explore the world of shipbuilding with the construction of the SS Olympic. All the while, in the background: the shimmering sea.

There are a limited number of opportunities to have an archive film specialist introduce your screening of Britain on Film: Coast and Sea, please ask when booking about their availability.

Play Dates

Booking Information

Telephone:
0207 636 7120

Email:
bookings@independentcinemaoffice.org.uk

Available Formats

DCP, Blu-ray & DVD

Distributor

Independent Cinema Office (ICO)

Terms

Cinemas and theatres - 35% / £100 MG (plus DCP transport costs) | Community cinemas, film clubs, film societies – 35% / £50 MG | Community groups and membership organisations - £20

Films in this programme

Playing on Beach (1903)

This Edwardian home movie is a simple snapshot of a family day out at the seaside: bucket-and-spading on Bognor beach. One of the earliest surviving home movies in the world, this film is among the rarest treasures of British Cinema.

Cliff Climbing - The Egg Harvest of Flamborough Head (1908)

Gathering seabirds’ eggs on the coast was a traditional practice for farmers whose land adjoined the cliff edge, which gave them a legal right to supplement their income by selling eggs.

Miss Margaret Morris’ Merry Mermaids (1923)

A wonderful Topical Budget newsreel capturing fun and frolics on the beach at Harlech.

The Open Road (1926)

This extract from filmmaker Claude Friese-Greene’s 1920s travelogue captures several highlights of the South West, using modern digital technology to bring the full beauty of Friese-Greene’s photography to light.

The Private Life of the Gannets (1934)

The lonely seclusion of an island in the Irish Sea is intruded upon for this pioneering, Oscar-winning account of the lives of northern gannets.

Here is Newquay (1935)

Everybody’s going surfing in the heart of the Cornish Riviera. This 1930s promotional short may have been made before the town crowned itself Britain’s surf capital but that doesn’t stop these holidaymakers hitting the waves.

Mablethorpe 1940s (1948)

From the typical east coast beach hut to the simple joy of splashing in the sea, the unidentified filmmaker behind this extract has a knack for capturing the spontaneous and the candid.

Our Native Shore (1956)

The UK coastline was a busy workplace for this film’s sponsor, Esso. This extract explores the lives of some of these workers, including fishermen, ship-builders, lighthouse keepers and the brave lifeboat crews.

Shipshape (1947)

Shoreham-by-Sea is the setting for this brisk, engaging Royal National Lifeboat Institution promo that explains the need for continuous maintenance of lifeboats.

S.S. Olympic (1910)

SS Olympic was the sister ship of Titanic, and at the time of her launch on 20 October 1910 she was the largest vessel ever built. This film captures the sheer scale of endeavour involved in her building.

Dover, Spring 1947 (1947)

Dover made over: this quirky and pointed public information film reveals how the heavily-bombed and shelled Kent town was being replanned after the war.

Winter Holiday (1959)

Why not go on a winter holiday to Butlin’s in Brighton? This handsome Technicolor ad makes a good case for a trip, despite the blustery rooftop activities.

We Chose Skegness (1961)

This cheery Skegness promo tries to shoehorn in every possible attraction on offer: from Britain’s fourth longest pier to pubs and beauty contests.

Weston-super-Mare Holiday Report (1978)

Reporter Bob Warman visits Weston-super-Mare to talk to holidaymakers from across the Midlands. While most are happy with this traditional holiday destination, there are some reservations about the weather.

Panoramic View of Morecambe Sea Front (1901)

With their summer afternoon clarity, Mitchell and Kenyon’s images of Morecambe remain gorgeously fresh, from static shots of holidaymakers on the promenade to those filmed from a horse-drawn tram.

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