• Short Summary

    A Mini is customised by a group of artists.

  • Description

    London.

    C/Us of man cleaning the windscreen of a convertible car. C/U of his hands as he puts his chamois leather into a bowl of dirty water. Camera pans to hand holding a small tin of paint and a paintbrush. C/U of car paint work being touched up. Cut to the front of a brightly painted Buick - various angles of the car has a "pop art" design incorporating stars and stripes in orange, green, red, blue, yellow and pink. C/U of a design book - two flower motifs and an explosion motif are shown to the camera. David Vaughan, Douglas Binder and Dudley Edwards will "jazz up your jalopy" for several hundred pounds. We see two of the aforementioned customising a mini. The doors are being painted with a brightly coloured flower motif. C/U of the painting in progress and of the artists. High angle shot of another artist painting one of the doors with "synthetic and flamboyant enamels combining 1930s style decor with pin-table pop art." The third man of the group brings the painted bonnet of the mini and puts it into place. Good C/U of the bonnet being closed showing the design.

    In a London street, the windows of an art gallery are removed; several men lift a car out of the gallery, through the window frame and down a ramp to the pavement. The car is an AC Cobra; covered with a brightly-coloured psychedelic pattern; a small group of people stand around watching. The car is apparently a work of art that was purchased in the gallery.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    385.01
    Media URN:
    4128
    Group:
    Colour pictorials
    Archive:
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    03/11/1966
    Sound:
    Sound
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:26:00
    Time in/Out:
    01:00:31:00 / 01:01:57:00
    Canister:
    CP 619

Comments (2)

  1. jamied says

    The Buick described is a Buick Electra 225.

    The trio of David Vaughan, Douglas BInder and Dudley Edwards were a famous design team in the 60s.

    David Vaughan was the father of actres Sadie Frost.

    The AC Cobra seen here belonged to the socialite Tara Browne. Browne can be seen sat in the car at 01:12.

  2. tlpanmure says

    The art gallery is the Robert Fraser Gallery, on Duke Street, a significant location in the modern, 'swinging' London of the mid-60s, a place where various strands of pop art intersected with pop music. Two of Fraser's artists, Peter Blake and Richard Hamilton, made album covers for The Beatles, and Fraser was arrested on drug charges, along with Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and Marianne Faithful, during a raid on Richard's country estate. This film is dated just a few months before the gallery was raided by the police, and Fraser and the artist Jim Dine were charged with obscenity for some artworks that showed stockinged legs. They were found guilty of 'indecency' and fined 20 guineas, which now sounds very quaint.

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