This is a short film I made in 2004 with my Grandparents. In the film my Grandfather Peter Griffin now aged 92, tells the story of how in late the 1920’s he started making Marmalade as boy with his elder sisters. The process would make a hundred or so jars for the family of 12 and was made easier by the use of a Follows and Bate Universal Marmalade Machine. In later life and after many years of searching he purchased one of the machines in an antique shop for the handsome price of £12, and has continued to make his Seville Orange variety every year without fail.
The disc enclosed is part of a suite of films made to record the method passed on by his mother Frances Griffin who died in 1951. If you have difficulty reading the disc please go to vimeo.com/ We have no record of her method in written form; non-the-less My Grandfather has been teaching me her method and overseen my Marmalade making year on year with out fail since 2004. This year we double batched and made 40lbs!
I am now a committed Seville Orange Marmalade maker and hope to share our family tradition with my Daughter and the next generation of Griffins!
This is my Gramps. I interviewed him last year when he was 91. We talked about his boyhood memories, education, naval training and war stories, his post war career, meeting his first and only love Diana, their marriage and starting a family.
His life has been rich with joy and sorrow and his positive outlook on life remains steadfast today. I asked him if he had any regrets, what he couldn’t live without and how he would like to be remembered. Although his recollections of life and experiences are lucid, the significance of his deeper ideals took the interview somewhere I didn’t expect.
Not just by making this film, but by talking and spending time with my Grandfather I have learnt a lot about life, most of all; to understand where you are going in life, you must first understand where you are from.
Starring: Francis B. Griffin
Shot and Directed by Paul Griffin
Piano music performed by Francis B. Griffin
“Time to Go” performed by Billy Milton. Pathe Studio, London
Elgar’s “Nimrod” performed by Davis High School Symphony Orchestra MUSOPEN - Public Domain
Last week Sky News International featured my film "Francis B. Griffin". Gramps and I were interviewed about the recent success of the film and how we were inspired to make it. I found being interviewed very surreal and will sympathise a little more with my subjects forevermore! For those that didn't catch the global broadcast here it is... #indiefilm