• Short Summary

    A look at Christmas inside Holloway women's prison. Greater London.

  • Description

    Item title reads - Hope for these women.

    Holloway women's jail, Greater London.

    L/S woman scrubbing steps. L/S of the prison. M/S statue of Griffin holding key. L/S women exercising in prison yard. C/U warder watching. L/S prisoners exercising. M/S two warders. M/S interior of prison. M/S women queuing up to buy Christmas cards in canteen shop. M/S sign which reads - 'Xmas cards for sale - buy early!' M/S inside shop officer sells gift to prisoner. M/S picture of Father Christmas and some holly hung around the walls. M/S prison warder opening door for inmates so they can visit each other, C/U door being unlocked. M/S two prisoners sat together writing cards. M/S as they sign cards. C/U woman smoking cigarette. M/S prisoners tending their babies. M/S mothers with babies in the nursery. C/U babies. M/S Christmas tree in nursery. M/S other mothers with their babies, a nurse gives one a small toy. M/S nurses carrying presents, C/U woman asleep in bed. A nurse goes in and checks on baby before hanging stocking on end of cot. C/U baby asleep.

    M/S nurses singing carols as they walk around the landings. C/U prisoner listening through door. M/S as the nurses walk around. M/S Christmas play 'King Arthur' performed by the prisoners. Various shots of a fight between King Arthur and a witch. The witch is stabbed and falls to the floor. C/U of her on floor. C/U pantomime fairy queen wearing crown. C/U prisoners applauding. C/U cast of pantomime. M/S landing round cells, camera pans down to show decorations below. M/S dining hall, the warders serve Christmas puddings to the prisoners. C/U smiling warder holding jug of custard. C/U two prisoners pulling cracker, C/U prisoner putting paper hat on head. M/S prisoners pulling crackers across table. Various shots as warder hands around box of cigarettes. C/U prisoner smoking. M/S warder lighting cigarette for prisoner. C/U woman prisoner puffing out cigarette smoke, smiling. Various shots of church service over new year. L/S Holloway prison.

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    Film ID:
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    Pathe newsreels
    British Pathé
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    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:46:20:00 / 01:50:13:00

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