Press Release

12 May 2014

Senior Lecturer in Media, Art and Design, Tim Jones, is continuing his search for rare amateur film produced in Kent during the twentieth century.

Clip from 'The Revenge Club'
Clip from 'The Revenge Club'

In 2011, Tim started a project to collect rare film footage to preserve it for future generations to enjoy. Since then he has found a number of significant collections of early amateur film of the Canterbury area, which has now broadened to include the whole of East Kent.

Tim said: “I'm looking for any amateur cine film made in this region which either shows the local area or are examples of early drama filmmaking made by amateurs. I know that somewhere out there are exciting films to be found.

“I have recently come across the Thanet Amateur Cine Association. I’ve found a short film made by them called ‘The Revenge Club’, which was produced in about 1930 and is of a very high standard. The film, directed by Maurice-Yates, features a lady who has been splashed by a passing car driving through a puddle and who then gets her revenge by removing the air from the car in question’s tyres. This is just one of the many films that were made by the Thanet A.C.A.

Clip from 'The Revenge Club'
Clip from 'The Revenge Club'

“I know that there are a number of other films produced by Thanet A.C.A including the very first feature film made by an amateur cine club which was called ‘The Secret of the Tunnel’ and directed by Leonard Saunders. No one knows where this film is. I am urging anybody who knows about or who possesses these films to contact me.

“Thanet A.C.A were clearly a dynamic club and had over 2,700 people view their film shows between 1929 and 1932, becoming one of the most popular amateur cine clubs in the country for the era.”

Tim is holding a public screening of his latest selection of films of the Canterbury area on Saturday, 24 May at 2pm in the Powell Lecture Theatre at Canterbury Christ Church University’s North Holmes Campus. Tickets are £5 each and can be purchased on the door or can be bought online in advance at www.canterbury.ac.uk/shop/archive-film-screenings. All the profits made from ticket purchases go towards further archiving and research.

Tim Jones can be contacted via email, tim.jones@canterbury.ac.uk or by phone 01227 782350.

Notes to Editor

Canterbury Christ Church University

Canterbury Christ Church University is a modern university with a particular strength in higher education for the public services.

With nearly 20,000 students across Kent and Medway, its courses span a wide range of academic and professional subject areas.

  • 94% of our most recent UK graduates were in employment or further studies six months after completing their studies*.
  • We are the number one choice for local people looking to study at university in Kent (2012 UCAS).
  • We are one of the South East’s largest providers of education, training and skills leading to public service careers.

*2011/12 Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey

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