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 8. L/S of landscape - Land Rover drives through landscape with waterfalls in the background. M/S of Land Rovers driving away from the camera. L/S of Land Rover passing a large herd of mules or donkeys. L/S of Land Rovers driving along difficult terrain. Views. Men riding horses look at the view from a high spot. L/S of the entrance to Sani Pass Hotel. The two Land Rovers drive through the entrance. L/S of landscape, Land Rovers drive past camera. Men on horseback in traditional clothes ride past camera. One man has a child sitting on the horse with him. Various shots of the Land Rovers and horse riders in the wild landscape. Butlin and his party disembark from the Land Rover. They walk to the edge of a cliff to admire the view. C/U of Butlin and wife (?) looking at view - Butlin films the scene with his cine camera. M/S and L/S of dancers performing a traditional routine. M/S of four spectators in traditional dress watching the scene. L/S of the dancers. M/S of the dancers - women. Various M/S, L/S and C/Us of the dancers, singers and spectators. M/S and C/Us of a group of young boy dancers - between 4 and 8 years old at a guess. They do a great dance - knock knees, touching their heads and putting their hands on their hips. They wear face paint, necklaces, head dresses and fringed belts. C/Us of the boys twisting their bellies! Quite cute and funny! C/U of a woman kneading dough (?) or crushing something against a grinding stone. Butlin crouches next to the woman and chats to her about her work. C/U of Butlin picking up something and talking. C/Us of the tribes people. L/S of group of tribes people gathered in a group. M/S of group of women singing as they walk in a circle. L/S of the circle of women. C/U of some of the singers. They wear head dresses and blankets draped around their bodies. L/S of the young boy dancers seen earlier running to get into position for their dance. C/Us of the boys as they dance - very cute. They clap their hands, touch their heads etc. L/S of a zoo enclosure - Billy leans over the wall, brightly coloured parrots in the foreground. C/U of women preparing to put face paint on a fellow tribe member. M/S of two women painting others' faces. Various shots of the face paint being applied. M/S of other tribes people watching. Billy Butlin gets quite close with his cine camera to take some shots. C/U of woman having face paint applied. Various shots of tribes people. L/S of zoo keeper holding a snake in an enclosure. He shows the snake to Butlin and his party. Butlin backs off as the snake approaches. C/Us of the zoo keeper presenting the snake. C/U of Butlin looking apprehensive. C/Us of snakes swimming. M/S - keeper picks up snake and moves it around with gloved hands. M/S of Butlin and his party moving around the enclosure walls to look at the snakes. M/S zoo keeper approaching Butlin with the snake. Snake twirls itself around a stick. C/U of a woven lid being lifted up to reveal a pile of snakes. Zoo keeper wearing gloves picks up some of the snakes. C/U of snake swimming then moving onto dry land.
Reel 9. C/U of a glamorous woman sitting at a desk looking through a large book. She looks a bit bored as she holds her head in her hands. Repeat of the same shot x 2. M/S of two women - one seems to be behind the counter of a shop. The other woman bends down to rub her tired feet - camera tilts down to her foot. Repeat of the shot but this time the woman takes her shoe off to rub her foot.
Reel 10. L/S of three men surfing towards a city beach. C/U of boy fishing off a pier. M/S of crowds looking over into a zoo enclosure or possibly an aquarium. C/U of man in divers gear stepping off platform. C/Us of diver in an aquarium, some have people in the foreground looking in. Diver feeds turtles and fish.