• Short Summary

    Butterfly farmer develops a new skill - preserving dead butterflies to use them as decorations.

  • Description

    Bexley, Kent.

    C/U shot of a man's face. C/U of his hands, one holding a butterfly, another a painting brush. He is sitting at his desk painting the butterfly blue. Hugh Newman has a butterfly farm. He breeds butterflies for export but he also "preserves colourful specimens for use as decorations." - says the voiceover.

    M/S of Mr Newman holding a white unusually shaped butterfly. The walls of his study are covered with dead butterflies, preserved and framed. C/U of Mr Newman's hands treating the butterfly with special chemicals used for their preservation.

    C/U of Mr Newman's hands viewing the butterfly. This is necessary for decorative work and requires a very light touch. C/U of hands cutting the excess wire. C/U shot of a beautiful White butterfly with orange tips at each wing. They originate in Africa, they eat only in the caterpillar stage so they live only for a week.

    Sir Winston Churchill ordered five hundred caterpillars of these orange-tipped African butterflies for the grounds at Chartwell. Succession of C/U shots of different colourful caterpillars. Long panning shot across the wall covered with different caterpillars. Voiceover tells the audience that demands for these caterpillars range from zoos, universities and private collections to housewives who find the caterpillars irresistible. Camera pans back to Mr. Newman's hands as he attaches the butterfly to a flower.

    C/U shot of a vase with flowers and the butterfly. Several shots of butterflies attached to different houseplants and a lampshade. C/U shot of the lampshade with several butterflies attached to it.

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    Film ID:
    Media URN:
    Unissued / unused
    British Pathé
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    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Time in/Out:
    01:42:57:00 / 01:45:16:00
    CP 050

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