Classic Newsreels about Orpington and the Surrounding Area
UPDATED – More Films Added*
As well as making a wide variety of films including dramas, documentaries, and comedies, for over 30 years Orpington Video & Film Makers (OVFM) has been filming in and around Orpington to produce a newsreel of the previous year’s events to include in our Spring Shows. To try to relieve any boredom you may be feeling during the lockdown we have made four of our oldest newsreels available and we hope these will interest and entertain you.
*In addition we have added several more films made by individual OVFM members, and in two weeks time we will also add some films from the OVFM project about the History of Orpington.
Look back at events such as The Great Storm of 1987 as captured by our members or the end of the red telephone box in 1988; see how the shops in the area have changed and watch out in case you recognise people, perhaps yourself, in any of the scenes.
N.B – Unfortunately the sound quality on some of the clips is not as good as we would like but we hope it does not detract too much from your enjoyment. You need to bear in mind that these events were captured over 30 years ago when the equipment didn’t have all the advantages of equipment today. The newsreels were digitised using a National Lottery grant and form part of our extensive archive of over 850 films.
Do please leave a comment about any memories that any of the clips in the newsreels evoke in the reply section below, and we will include the most frequently mentioned ones on the big screen in our Autumn FIlm Show on 16th October.
We hope you enjoy taking part in this project. If you do, please pass on the message and link to this page to anyone else you think may like to see the newsreels.
If you wish to learn more about OVFM, feel free to look around this website for further information, where you can also view a small selections of films we have made, and get an idea of the sort of film projects we undertake as a club. If you have any queries then please contact our chairman Jane Oliver via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
Similarly, If you would like to be reminded nearer the time about our Autumn Film Show or to reserve tickets for this event again please email Ron Williams at email@example.com
Thank you again for taking part and enjoy this trip down memory lane!
To view a selection of films made by members of OVFM please click HERE
These illustrate the variety of films we make, so if you like what you see you are welcome to come along to a couple of meetings to see whether you would like to join us – once the lockdown is over of course!
Finally, we would also like your help. Please click HERE for details!