• Short Summary

    A look at the life of Mr. and Mrs. Rooney, the only inhabitants of idyllic Piel Island.

  • Description

    Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria, (formerly Lancashire).

    L/S, taken from on board a boat, of a ruined castle - 'The Pile of Foudry' - on Piel Island, "just off the Lancashire mainland at Barrow-in-Furness". M/S of waves lapping on the shore. L/S of the ruins "built by the monks of Furness Abbey to ward off Scottish invaders". M/S of the ruins. High angle shot of the beach and ruins taken from the castle ramparts. M/S of a crumbling tower supported by metal railings. C/U of old walls next to modern railings. Panning shot, taken from the ramparts, of the castle towers, the beach and the sea. High angle shot of the beach, some ruins and a white house, an inn owned by the islands only inhabitants, Dan and Sarah Rooney. L/S of the inn.

    M/S, taken from inside a boat, of two men bringing boxes of "provisions and mail" to the Rooneys. Point of view shot from the bow of the boat as it approaches the island. C/U of retired lifeboat man, Jimmy Moore, steering the boat. M/S of Mr. and Mrs. Rooney walking across grass near the beach, Dan waves and goes to help unload the boat. Panning shot follows Dan - "traditionally known as the 'king' of Piel Island" - carrying a box ashore. Panning shot of Sarah bringing boxes ashore. M/S of Dan walking along the rocky beach, collecting bits of drift wood. C/U of a piece of driftwood as it is picked up. Low angle C/U of Dan. M/S of Dan walking past the ruins carrying a bundle of driftwood. M/S of Sarah cutting Dan's hair beside the castle walls. C/U of Sarah. C/U of the back of Dan's head as Sarah clips it - "they're a pretty dependable couple".

    Low angle shot a teenage boy, Joe Lawson, placing a knight's helmet on the head of another teenage boy, Denny Coulthard, sitting in a throne - "the traditional ceremony of creating 'knights' and 'ladies' of the Ancient Order of Piel Castle is carried out about twice a year by 'King' Dan". M/S of the two boys and Dan holding a sword and reading from a book. C/U of Dan tapping Denny on the shoulders with the sword - "The knight designate must swear to help in the running of any local sports such as cock fighting and bull baiting". M/S of a group of tourists next to the inn, watching the ceremony. M/S of the tourists and Dan, as Joe tips a jug of ale over Denny's head to 'seal' the bargain. M/S of Dan and the two boys. M/S of the whole group.

    Mute neg is out of sync with track neg. Comb print can be used but is very scratched, faded and dirty.

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    Colour pictorials
    British Pathé
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    Available on request
    Time in/Out:
    01:39:44:00 / 01:42:14:00
    CP 358

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