Mapping the City in Film

Pleasures Past

(Swan Cine Club, 1974, Std 8mm, colour, sound)
Duration: 00:06:00
Genre: amateur

Footage courtesy and copyright Angus Tilston.


An award-winning amateur ‘mood film’ shot in New Brighton in 1974, showing the decline of the resort following the closure of the fairground and ferry service. In the documentary ‘In Search of Pleasures Past’ (Les Roberts and Ryan Shand, 2012) filmmakers from Swan Cine Club talk about the making of and reception of the film.

In Search Of Pleasures Past

(Les Roberts & Ryan Shand, 2012, DV, colour, sound)
Duration: 00:14:25
Genre: documentary

Footage courtesy and copyright Les Roberts and Ryan Shand


‘In Search of Pleasures Past' is a film about a film. It is also about a place, its decline and the poignancy of memory. Featuring interviews with members of amateur cine clubs on Merseyside and clips from films shot in New Brighton in the 1960s and 70s, In Search of Pleasures Past recounts the story of the making and the local reception of an award-winning 'mood film' made by Wirral-based filmmakers Swan Cine Club in 1974. The film draws from research conducted at the University of Liverpool in 2008-10 as part of the Arts and Humanities Research Council-funded project 'Mapping the City in Film: a Geo-historical Analysis'.

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