Lots of unedited material showing Butlin and his wife on holiday in South Africa. c 1961
Unedited material of Billy Butlin's visit to South Africa c1961. Catalogued from negative on machine that only views in positive so some details unclear.
Reel 5. L/S of Land Rover approaching the camera down a road in a safari park or national park. Driver waves as he passes the camera - Butlin? Difficult to tell as viewing negative. M/S of baboon approaching the Land Rover and standing on its hind legs as if begging for food. L/S of antelope running in the park. M/S of water buffalo. Moving shot of the Land Rover driving through the park - shot from another vehicle. L/S of antelope. C/U of Butlin in Land Rover from the back seat. He points and talks to the driver. M/S of antelope. C/U of Butlin. C/U of baboon with small baby. M/S of baboon holding something up to Land Rover window. Butlin (?) sticks his head out of the window. Baboon backs off. Grabs something from passenger in the back of the Land Rover. C/U of Butlin leaning out of the window. He puts a cine camera up to his eye. Repeat of same shot. C/U of small monkey catching something that has been thrown to it. C/U of Butlin, wife (? hard to see) and another man looking at a map. Shots of Butlin in Land Rover from back seat. M/S of giraffe. M/S of a zebra. M/S of Land Rover driving towards camera. Butlin and wife lean out of windows, Butlin is filming with his cine camera. C/U of Butlin getting into an unusual rickshaw which is richly decorated. C/U of a doorman beckoning the rickshaw past. L/S reveals rickshaw to be pulled by a man in an extremely elaborate costume - he looks like something from a Mardi Gras or a witch doctor. C/U of his feet - bare. L/S as a bus pulls alongside the rickshaw. C/Us of Billy in the rickshaw - he has his arms crossed and wears sunglasses. C/U of Billy, wife and another man looking at the map. L/S of them getting into the Land Rover and driving away from some small dwellings. Low angle shot of a hotel - the Edward Hotel. L/S of doorman beckoning the rickshaw seen earlier as Billy stands beside him. M/S of the rickshaw stopping and Billy climbing in. Man in traditional dress picks up the rickshaw and trots off. L/S of ornate building with minarets, pan down to reveal rickshaw with Billy aboard moving through the street. Repeat of the same shot. As rickshaw driver turns the corner his feet leave the ground. Very bizarre!
C/Us of Billy being pulled through he streets. He looks around at the view. Billy stands by a fountain admiring it. C/U of Billy with fountain and clock tower behind him. M/Ss of Butlin travelling around in the rickshaw. Billy steps out of the Rickshaw and walks across a large city square. He approaches a statue and looks up to it. Slow panning shots of various city streets - rickshaw in the distance. Shots from Billy's point of view in the rickshaw of the city street. Large apartment buildings are mostly seen. C/U of the back of the rickshaw driver's costume. High angle shot of the city. Fish underwater. Seem to be in an aquarium - turtle, tropical fish, angel fish etc. High angle shot of a South African city. C/Us sharks and stingrays swimming underwater.