WHERE TWO RIVERS MEET

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Places:

  • Dunbartonshire

Subjects:

  • Ships and shipping

Genres:

  • Amateur

Decade:

  • 1950s

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Title: WHERE TWO RIVERS MEET

Reference number: 9543

Date: 1959, June - August

Director: filmed by Ron Black

Sound: mute

Original format: std. 8mm

Colour: col

Fiction: non-fiction

Running time: 13.51 mins

Description: An amateur film promoting the town of Dumbarton, including shots of its main industries, streets and leisure activities [Please note this viewing copy is mute as the sound has not yet been digitised]

WHERE TWO RIVERS MEET - winning entry in a competition entered 1959 to promote the area. Also has sep mag track as 1/”4 open reel audio.

Information from donor:
This film was shot during the summer of 1959 and attempts to show life in Dumbarton at that time.
Three main industries are represented; Denny Shipbuilders, Hiram Walkers, distillers, and The Scottish Gas Board all of which no longer exist in the town. At the time Denny was developing prefabrication of their ships and this features prominently in the film. The firm of Durance also gets a brief shot. This company subsequently became Diamond Power and has now moved to a new location in the area.
The material in the school, Dumbarton Academy, shows a simple experiment in a chemistry class and in an English one. The amounts being recorded on the board, in the latter, are a record of fund raising to improve the library. (Funds were short - some things don't change!). The school's sports day is also featured. Brief shots of Dumbarton FC playing at their old 'Boghead' ground, one of the oldest in the country now given over to housing, are followed by some of the surrounding countryside ending in a classic sunset over the town.

Due to limitations of KodachromeII film much of the footage was shot outside limiting coverage of the industries. The film had a soundtrack recorded on tape and was synched to the film using the Eumig system. Film speed is 16fps.

See also refs. 9542, {9544 and 9545} for other titles in this collection

Credits: thanks to Wm. Denny & Bros. Ltd., Scottish Gas Board, Hiram Walker & Sons Scotland Ltd.

Shotlist: title - Royal Burgh of Dumbarton town sign - l/s Dumbarton Rock - c/u alarm clock at 6 o'clock and kettle boiling - gvs Denny shipyard, Dumbarton - entrance and workers, gvs yard, int gvs in shed - gvs yard,crane lifting sections of ship into place - l/shots Ballantine's distillery, Dumbarton - grain discharged into mill hopper from lorry - gvs distillery buildings, workers stacking barrels - gvs buildings and railway sidings - dark shots in school chemistry classroom, pupils mixing liquids, tape recorder running - pupils in English class, books on shelf, c/u blazer badge - gvs school sports day events - residential terraced houses being demolished - gvs new-build houses - town centre street scenes - Levengrove Park floral display and park gvs - children playing in paddling pool - bowling green and tennis courts - golf course - tennis court - gvs football match at Boghead, Dumbarton FC playing possibly St. Johnstone - gvs woodlands and river - sunsets - THE END - JUNE - AUGUST 1959