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Amateur Cine World June 1956 advert
Amateur Cine World January 1958 advert
Adventure Films seemed to have sprung up sometime around 1955 in the UK. Based at 32 Castle Hill Avenue, Folkstone, Kent (probably a private address), they specialised in the release of amateur prize winning films. Most of their releases were from 16mm amateur film prize winners in the famous UK "Ten Best" competition, sponsored by the Amateur Cine World magazine. (Incidentally the later "Ace" amateur movie magazine, which also owns the ACW trademarks still sponsored this annual amateur, film only, competition up till the magazine's closure in 2003)
Amateur Cine World magazine December 1957 advert
Whilst discussing the amateur "Ten Best" competition, readers may like to know that many of these prizewinning films had copies donated to the I.A.C. (The Institute of Amateur Cinematographers - now known as The Film and Video Instutute) - many titles are now available to hire on VHS and DVD. Check out the catalogue at www.fvi.org.uk
Initially Adventure released films in the 16mm, then 8mm formats. A single title ("Coming Shortly") was soon released in 9.5mm - this title being sourced from Pathescope as a 9.5mm B/W from their standard 35mm triple negative process. Although many other titles appeared in the mid, and later fifties on 16mm & 8mm, it wasn't till the very late 1950's that Adventure advertised 9.5mm prints being available for most of their catalogue. These prints were actually 16mm versions, reperforated and slit to 9.5mm by Walton Films. Although earlier catalogues were labelled Adventure Film Productions, they later advertised as Adventure Film Distributors and sported a London address.
October 1960 Amateur Cine World magazine advert
The film "Coming Shortly" was a spoof cinema film trailer and was a winner in the 1954 Amateur Cine World magazine "Ten Best" annual amateur film competition. It was made by High Wycombe Film Society and written/directed by Tony Rose. A fully detailed article about the film's production appears in the Amateur Cine World magazine dated April 1956. Incidentally we read that the 'star' of this little short was Megan Jones a new member of the cine club.
Watch the 9.5mm print of "Coming Shortly" on YouTube: https://youtu.be/HKMX6I1AomA -
A series of glamour films was also announced, but only two titles were ever advertised it seems. I know "Suzanne's Parlour Tricks" was actually issued, as in my youth I bought the remaining 16mm colour prints, they were reperfed to 9.5mm and all rapidly sold on my lists!
From 'The 9.5 Review' (UK Gtroup 9.5 magazine) dated Dec1970
We know that the producer was Philip Hudsmith, but does anyone know who Suzanne was?? Incidentally I'll be interested to buy back a colour copy of this and in fact any other Adventure films not in my collection (9.5mm or 16mm). (e-mail:- gln @ pathefilm.freeserve.co.uk - no gaps in actual address)
Adventure Films illustrated catalogue
©GLN '96 INTERNATIONAL 9.5 FILM CATALOGUE - ALPHABETIC ORDER LISTING 02/02/2008 ------------------------------------------------------------------ In this listing: C=100foot/30metres M=150-200foot/45-60metres SB=300-400foot/100-125metres Apart from "Coming Shortly" and the glamour releases, the films seem to have been printed to order so it is possible some of these 9.5mm titles although offered for sale, were never actually printed. 9.5mm Number 9.5mm Film Title Class. Issue-Delete Original Film Title Date
1SB(AV) BATTLE OF WANGAPORE Animated Col Mute Nov57- :BATTLE OF WANGAPORE ??/??/55 GB DA 1SB(AV) BRIXHAM HARBOUR Travel B/W Mute 5?- :BRIXHAM HARBOUR ??/??/5? GB 1 M(AV) COMING SHORTLY Comedy B/W Mute 55- :COMING SHORTLY ??/??/54*GB 1 C(AV) CORK HAT (THE) Animated Col Silent Nov57- :CORK HAT (THE) ??/??/5? GB DA 1SB(AV) DRIFTWOOD & SEASHELL Interest Col Mute 5? :DRIFTOOD & SEASHELL ??/??/5? GB 1 C(AV) DUEL (THE) Animated Col Silent 5?- :DUEL (THE) ??/??/5? GB DA 1 M(AV) EGGS FOR BREAKFAST Drama Col Silent Jun56- :EGGS FOR BREAKFAST ??/??/49 GB 1 C(AV) G 2 EXPOSED Glamour Col Silent Dec59- :EXPOSED ??/??/58 GB 1 C(AV) FLORAL FANTASY Animated Col Silent 5?- :FLORAL FANTASY ??/??/5? GB DA 1SB(AV) GO WEST YOUNG MAN Animated Col Silent Nov57- :GO WEST YOUNG MAN ??/??/50 GB DA 1 M(AV) GOOGLIE GEORGE Animated Col Silent Nov57- :GOOGLIE GEORGE ??/??/5? GB DA 1 M(AV) HEADLINE Drama B/W Silent Jun56- :HEADLINE ??/??/53 GB 2SB(AV) HISTORY OF WALTON Animated Col Silent Nov57- :HISTORY OF WALTON ??/??/57 GB DA 1 C(AV) HOUSE OF CARDS Animated Col Silent Nov57- :HOUSE OF CARDS ??/??/52 GB DA 1SB(AV) LAND BELOW ZERO Travel Col Silent 5?- :LAND BELOW ZERO ??/??/5? GB 1 M(AV) LATE FOR WORK Comedy Col Silent Nov57- :LATE FOR WORK ??/??/5? GB 1 M(AV) LOW TIDE Drama Col Silent Nov57- :LOW TIDE ??/??/54 GB 2SB(AV) MARIONETTES Drama B/W Silent Jun56- :MARIONETTES ??/??/57 GB 1 C(AV) MILLSTREAM (THE) Animated Col Silent Nov57- :MILLSTREAM (THE) ??/??/51 GB DA 3SB(AV) MIRACLE (THE) Drama B/W Silent Nov57- :MIRACLE (THE) ??/??/37 GB 1 C(AV) MURDER IN MIND Drama Col Silent Dec59- :MURDER IN MIND ??/??/5? GB 1 M(AV) PAINTBOX HOLIDAY Drama Col Silent Nov57- :PAINTBOX HOLIDAY ??/??/54 GB 3SB(AV) PAPER BOAT Interest B/W Silent 5?- :PAPER BOAT ??/??/5? GB 1 M(AV) PERILS OF PICTURE GOING (THE) Comedy B/W Silent Nov57- :PERILS OF PICTURE GOING (THE) ??/??/53 GB 2SB(AV) SAKURA Drama Col Silent Nov57- :SAKURA ??/??/57 GB 1 C(AV) SHORT SPELL Animated B/W Mute Nov57- :SHORT SPELL ??/??/56*GB DA 1 C(AV) G 1 SUZANNE'S PARLOUR TRICKS Glamour Col Silent Dec59- :SUZANNE'S PARLOUR TRICKS ??/??/58*GB 1SB(AV) TARGET LUNAR Animated B/W Mute Nov57- :TARGET LUNAR ??/??/51 GB DA 2SB(AV) THOUSAND TIMES NO (A) Drama Col Silent Nov57- :THOUSAND TIMES NO (A) ??/??/5? GB 2SB(AV) TO CAMP IN THE CLOUDS Travel Col Silent Nov57- :TO CAMP IN THE CLOUDS ??/??/57 GB 1 M(AV) TWO'S COMPANY Comedy B/W Silent Nov57- :TWO'S COMPANY ??/??/53 GB 3SB(AV) VOW TO ETERNITY (A) Drama Col Silent 5?- :VOW TO ETERNITY (A) ??/??/5? GB 1SB(AV) WATCH THE BIRDIE Animated Col Mute Nov57- :WATCH THE BIRDIE ??/??/5? GB DA 1 M(AV) WHOOSH! Comedy B/W Silent Jun56- :WHOOSH! ??/??/5? GB
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Watch the 9.5mm film release of "Short Spell" on YouTube: https://youtu.be/DEgRvjWRIdI
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02Feb2008 Four more titles added - thanks to Maurice Trace! & listing now in alphabetic order
22Sept2009 "Driftwood & Seashell" added / 03Oct2009 "Ten Best" notes added
30Jan2010 Films wanted note added / 28March2015 ACW advert added
06Apr2015 - ACW advert added / 01Feb2016 - film box scan added / 25Apr2016 - "Susanne's Parlour Tricks" review added
15Jun2016 - "Coming Shortly" YouTube upload added