• Short Summary

    A quirky item about a Ceylonese vicar who carves figures of animals and people from twigs.

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    Canterbury, Kent.

    Exterior. M/S of the Rev. Harold de Mel walking up a grassy slope from the road to pick up twigs from the base of a tree in Canterbury Close. In the background Canterbury cathedral is visible. Low angle C/U of Rev. M. inspecting the branch of twigs he has picked up. C/U of Rev. M.'s legs leaping up the stairs to enter a church. Rev. M. is from Ceylon (Sri Lanka) and is studying at St. Augustine's college, Canterbury.

    Interior. Rev. M. enters a room and places the twig on a desk. He is an expert in 'arborics' - "which means simply twig sculpture". Beside him on the desk are several twisted wooden figures. Rev. M. picks up a saw lying on the table and sets to work chopping up the branch. C/U of Rev. M's face as he works. C/U of Rev. M.'s hands as he sweeps away the excess twigs and holds up what remains. C/U of Rev. M. admiring the finished product - a twig carved to resemble a discus thrower. C/U of the figures on the desk, also made from twigs but painted and varnished. Many of the figures have been made by pupils at a teacher-training college in Ceylon. Hanging behind them are Rev. M.'s cassocks. C/U of two animal twig figures, a jackal and a deer. M/S of Rev. M. looking at the figures. Various shots, interior and exterior, on the church wall of twig figures including peacocks and a dancing couple. Various C/Us of figures positioned on bibles in the church grounds. C/U of a monkey figure positioned on the branches of a tree. C/U of crocuses. Rev. M.'s hands place two tiny twig snails beside the flowers.

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    Colour pictorials
    British Pathé
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    Available on request
    Time in/Out:
    01:19:43:00 / 01:21:14:00
    CP 171

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