Super 8 Stories: Spanish Holidays







03 October 2004 (first transmission)


04min 40sec




Super 8





BBC NI, Doubleband Films, Stanley Matchett

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Stanley Matchett and his two daughters, Karen Emerson and Joanne Watson, remember their holidays in the early 1970s - a time when people from Northern Ireland were beginning to forsake holidays at home and branch out to new destinations such as Spain. This clip appeared in Series 2, Programme 1 of Super 8 Stories.


Now a recipient of the MBE for his work in newspaper photography, Stanley Matchett was a civil engineer at the time he began to take an interest in movie making saying that the “home movies experience helped me break into professional photo journalism”. He had originally been motivated to take up movie making by “a love of the cinema. Watching how the pros made images fascinated me and I wanted to have a go myself”. Armed with a Bolex Standard 8 camera Stanley became a member of the busy YMCA Photographic Society in Belfast. Recalling the days of showing movies at home Stanley says, “A home movie show was a must every Christmas. The fact that there was no soundtrack did not seem to matter at all”. It is a tradition he sometimes repeats today but adds: “I must say, setting up the screen and projector stand can be a chore – it never was in the old days!” Nowadays Stanley has a record of his old movies on modern formats and continues to record using video cameras. “Most of the films are now transferred to VHS format, although the family still prefer the large screen. Oddly enough I do not own a video camcorder. However, I often borrow my daughter’s Panasonic which is an amazing little camera”. Stanley has a great fondness for the movies he filmed and speaks with enthusiasm for the whole process of movie making. “’The moment lives on because someone took a picture’ was an old Kodak slogan. Personal movie films go one step better by adding movement. Watching a relative on screen is much more personal than looking at a still picture. Now video cameras can add sound and the memory comes to life. It’s strange for a still photographer to say this but there is no better way of capturing a moment or an occasion than on movie – a still picture is fine, but with the addition of movement and sound there is no contest!”

Shot List

Children walking through Spanish field with suitcase. Girl on horseback and child eating ice cream. Children walking down steps to the beach and paddling in the sea. Swimming in pool beside hotel. More shots of paddling in the sea and people relaxing in deck chairs on the beach. Shots of children taken by their father from the hotel balcony. Horse riding.


Narrator - Maire Jones; Camera - Michael Quinn; Sound - David Kilpatrick, Kevin McCarthy; Music Consultants - Jim Meredith, Ralph McLean; Production Accountant - Anne Hegarty; Production Assistant - Tammy Moore; Dubbing - One Zero Zero; Online Editor - Alan Perry; Researcher - Ronan Feely; Archivist - Evan Marshall; Assistant Producer - Jenny Waugh; Executive Producers - Deirdre Devlin, Michael Hewitt; Editor - Greg Darby; Producer - Diarmuid Lavery; Director - Brian Henry Martin



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