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Amateur Films On 9.5mm

This new section contains a few details of some of the
amateur films made on the 9.5mm 'home movie' film gauge
Many of the titles listed are now viewable on YouTube!


1. 9.5mm amateur films made by yours truly Grahame L.Newnham -

using my 9.5mm Pathé Webo M reflex cine camera

(mostly quite old, some more recent, but not exactly the best - I was trying to get 9.5mm noticed in the various UK amateur film competitions)

"Cherchez Le Vin" ('Hunt the Wine') - made in 2008, whilst we were on a French holiday in the Loire valley, mostly filmed with my Pathéscope 'Prince' cine camera, titles and other shots filmed back at home using my Pathé Webo M cine camera. Filmed with the 9.5mm filmstock I distributed for a while as 'Presto' colour but which was actually 100asa E6 Konica 35mm slide film, slit and reperforated to 9.5mm by the late John Cunningham for me.
Just noticed this film got third prize at the Group 9.5 Harpenden 'Get-Together' in Autumn 2008. The lady is partner Anne Vaughan.

See my film "Cherchez Le Vin" ("Hunt the Wine") on You Tube:


This film won the Audience Award at the 2009 Group 9.5 Open Award Film Competition
(don't we look young there!)

"The Art Of Suicide" - made about 1964, when I was probably doing my degree at Portsmouth Poly. - certainly that is my old Austin 'Mini' in the film. I had persuaded a good friend the late Richard Lamb, to 'star', but it was always difficult to find the time and conditions for each section of the story - no doubt other bits were never filmed! It was shot on 9.5mm Orwo 64asa black and white filmstock using my Pathéscope 'Prince' cine camera.

See my really old film "The Art of Suicide" on You Tube:-


"The Parcel" - made around 1964 or 1965, when I was probably doing my degree at Portsmouth Poly. - the 'star' Jane Davis, later became my ex-wife! Originally made for a two minute category in the UK Group 9.5 club annual competition, it was shot on 9.5mm Orwo 64asa black and white filmstock using my Pathéscope 'Prince' cine camera.

See my very old film "The Parcel" on You Tube:-


2. 9.5mm amateur films made by the late John Ferrari (former President of our UK Group 9.5 club)

"Where's Denny?" - made in 2002, it won the audience and the judges' third prize at the 2003 Open Film Competition at Harpenden. At the time, there was a theme for making a 9.5mm film about the place you lived. John actually lived in Denny. I think he used two 9.5mm cine cameras, including a converted Russian 16mm Kragnoskork reflex - excellent specification, but there was a problem with light leaks and shutter syncronisation I seem to remember, but sadly John had no time to reshoot scenes in time for the competition. He not only filmed but also recorded the sound track and transferred it to magnetic stripe. It was filmed at 18 frames/second and currently the transfer has slight flicker because my Elf/Eiki magnetic / optical projector has a two bladed shutter.

See John's prize winning entry "Where's Denny?" on You Tube:-


3. 9.5mm amateur films made by Graham Murray (former Chairman of our UK Group 9.5 club)

"Liverpool Port" - made in 1955/1956 by Graham Murray and Roy Crosby, it won the Audience Award in the Archival section at the 9.5mm International Festival held in Liverpool in 2016.

See Graham's prize winning entry "Liverpool Port" on You Tube


"Battle" - made in May 1999, it won the first prize in the Spanish 9.5 International Festival of 2000. Shot on 9.5mm Fuji Provia 100 filmstock using Pathe Webo M and Bolex H9 cine cameras it was a record of the re-enactment of the Peninsula war. Sound was added using magnetic stripe.

See Graham's prize winning entry "Battle " on You Tube:


"Mechanical Overture" - made in 2000, it won first prize in the Spanish 9.5 International Festival at Calella in 2001. Shot on 9.5mm Fuji Velvia filmstock using a 9.5mm Pathé Webo Special reflex cine camera. Appropriate organ music sound was added using magnetic stripe.

See Graham's prize winning entry "Mechanical Overture" on You Tube



4. 9.5mm amateur films made by the late Ken Wordsworth (Ken was really responsible for starting up the Wimborne 9.5mm Mini-Festival many years ago)

"United Colours Of Ninefive" - an idea of Ken's - this film used old and new clips of commercial and amateur 9.5mm films, to illustrate the various types of colour film used for the 9.5mm 'home movie' film gauge. Much of the post-war colour footage was actually filmed by Ken himself, mostly at special schools for disabled children where he worked for much of his life.

See Ken's film "United Colours Of Ninefive" on You Tube:


5. 9.5mm amateur films made by Hugh Hale a very keen member of our Group 9.5 club and who ran a local cine club in the Bognor Regis area on the UK south coast.

See Hugh's 9.5mm film from 1985 - "Journey By Open Top Bus" - A bus tour round Bognor Regis


"Second Time Around" - Hugh Hale's 1977 drama is extensively cast and costumed. Main characters played by David Kast and Liz Masters. Story by M. Masters. Two cycling friends halt for lunch and rest. Exploring an abandoned house, one man finds a photo album and ..... is in the 19th century, at a wealthly family's celebrations. He meets a charming girl - they grow close. For some privacy, they enter a room and ..... the man is back in the present in the local pub; the landlord and guests resemble his 19th century friends. On the wall is an oil painting of the girl.

See Hugh's 9.5mm film from 1977 - "Second Time Around" -


Tony Jackman as William Corder, the villian of the piece
in "Maria Marten" or "Murder In The Red Barn"

"Maria Marten" or "The Murder In The Red Barn" - Hugh Hale's 1979 drama is also extensively cast and costumed. The main character playing the villian of the piece is Tony Jackman. With other parts and production assistance from other members of the Bognor Regis, Sussex Movie Club. The film was finished and fully edited by the beginning of April 1987. Then began the difficult job of adding sound to the film. It runs for 24 minutes, was shot at 16 frames / second and is about 580 feet / 180 metres long.
The film was entered and shown at the 9.5mm International Film Festival held in June 1987 in Paris, where it won a Special Prize from the jury. It is in fact a melodrama set in the early part of the eighteenth century. It is in colour and was filmed entirely with Ektachrome film stock (says Ferraniacolor on the credits, and looks like Ferraniacolor! - gln). For the screening at the festival in Paris a special French sound track was prepared.
(Group 9.5 magazine No.50 Summer 1987)

Tony Jackman ................ William Corder
Ron Middleton ............... Ismay the Gypsy
Neil Highman ................. The Son
Beryl Jackman ............... The Mother
Tracey Brown ................ Maria

Hugh Hale ...................... Camera
Tony Jackman ................ Costumes
Filmed on 9.5mm Ferraniacolor using a T.T.H. zoom lens
Directed by .................... Hugh Hale

See Hugh's 9.5mm film from 1979 - "Maria Marten / The Murder In The Red Barn" -


6. French amateur 9.5mm films -

Here's a short (150foot/ 45metre) 9.5mm black & white French amateur film dating from 1951 - "La Nuit Magique De Noel" -
translates as "The Magic Night of Christmas" - a family and friends dressing up to do a pantomime ......

Please excuse the untidyness - hopefully there may be more to come!
Meantime as someone once said - 'publish and be damned!'

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Created 25Apr2016 ........... Last updated: 06 Jan 2020 .............95amateurfilm.htm ......... Grahame Newnham's Web Pages
12Mar2017 - "Art Of Suicide" prize photo added / 02Jun2017 - "Mechanical Overture" added
03Jun2017 - "Liverpool Port" added / 11Aug2019 - "Journey By Open Top Bus" added
20Nov2019 - "Second Time Around" added / 24Nov2019 - "Maria Martin" added