Rye Movie Society News



BY T.E.S (Dora Sims)

The 1970 Horner Torch Trophy Competition was held on Friday November 20 at the Further Education Centre. In spite of a very wet night there was an enthusiastic  gathering. The Society are to be congratulated on the high standard of the films entered. This year there was a marked ‘nautical’ flavour in all the entries and every competitor plainly had a pride in one of Rye’s oldest fishing industries and life on the Rye waterfront. There were some wonderful colour shots of cargo being unloaded, and pleasure craft at the Strand Quay and on the river to Rye Harbour with many local people filmed going about their various occupations.

The judges, Mrs. J. Horner. Mr. and Mrs. W Farley. and Mr. and Mrs. John Horner were faced with a most difficult task to name the winner. Finally the entry ‘RX46 by Jimmy Hollands was chosen. This film featured his brother Robert and crew of the RX46 on one of their fishing trips. This was a fine example of what local fishermen have to do to supply quality fish to our island’s fish markets. There was a clear and informative commentary throughout.

Roy Miles
Roy Miles


‘Rye 70’ by David Smeed was a close second and that too had some excellent local shots. Five films in all were entered. the others being, ‘On Location’ by Mrs. J. Waters, ‘Ancient and Modern’ by Roy Miles, ‘At Work and Play on the Rother’ by Mrs. J. Waters. All the films were enjoyed by members and visitors present.

Mr. Baltus, secretary, introduced the films, welcomed the guests and thanked the judges. The Torch Trophy was donated by the late Mr. Alfred Horner. who was the Societies President for some years. He took a great interest in the Movie society and his death in June 1969 was a grief to the members. Mrs. Horner presented the Trophy to Mr. Jimmy Hollands and congratulated him on his entry.

The Society should record this par­ticular evening as one of their ‘star’ events. Refreshments were served by the ladies.



The Rye & District Movie society Annual Guest Night, held at the F.E. Centre on Friday December 4, proved to be as successful as any of its eight predecessors.

A full programme of films made by the club and individual members plus a wonderful spread of refreshments during the interval ensured that the 100 or so members and guests enjoyed the evening.

A bouquet was presented to the Mayor of Rye, Councillor Mrs. E.  Phillpott by Mrs. Joan Camier on behalf of the members.

The films shown were ‘Further Education’ made by the Society in 1964. It was the  winning film in 1965 East Sussex Inter Club Competition, ‘Heralds of  Spring’ by Roy Miles, winner of the Schofield Cup.  The 1970 Record Competition winner. Ebb Tide’ by David Smeed came next and was followed by Roy Miles’ ‘Ancient & Modern’. ‘RX 46′ top film in the ‘Catt Trophy’ category  for outdoor films. The ‘Horner Torch Trophy’ for the best Rye film was next on the screen, then ‘Catastrophe’  made by the Society’  for the 1970 East Sussex Film Competition, was shown. At this point in the proceedings a break for refreshments was taken.

After the Interval ‘Rye Magazine 1963’ by Fred Masters revived memories and faces and was thoroughly enjoyed by all present.

At the end of the evening the audience’ were asked to name the film that they liked best. Top film was ‘Rye Magazine 1963’ ‘and Mr. Masters became the first holder of a magnificent New Trophy – the ‘Upton Shield’ – It was presented by Mr. Tom Upton – the Society  President.


Production of the’ Movie Club’s 1971 entry for the East Sussex Film Competition is now well under way – The script is a close secret but judging from the still photographs reproduced here the film will surely rank as one of the best the Society have made.

Rye Movie Society Production Chicken & Chips
Rye Movie Society Production Chicken & Chips

The Competition will be held in March.

From the “January – February – March 1971 Quarterly Issue of “Rye’s Own”