Documentary made by Peter Davis and Staffan Lamm about daily life at a British public school that questions the privilege of a public school education from the pupils’ perspective. Filmed at Hurstpierpoint Public School, West Sussex, 1964/65.
Physical formats available:
Digital formats available:
Quicktime (Pro Res)
Audio & visual:
Sound, Black & White
Co-Director: Peter Davis
Production: Sveriges Television (SVT)
Dramatic opening shot of a gun rack with a disturbing safety message on a flyer above it.
Exterior views of pupils lacing their muddy rugby boots ahead of a match scene with close-up shots of the action.
Camera fades to interior shots of study areas.
Close-ups shots of photographs of war servicemen. Images of war propaganda flyers in the pupil’s study area.
Pupils polish trophies and play a The Kinks record in their leisure time.
Rousing political discourse that challenges the antiquated principles and privilege of public school education.
Younger pupils play fighting in their dormitory.
Public School 1964
Stills taken during Peter Davis’ and Staffan Lamm’s production of the documentary film, Public School. Filmed at Hurstpierpoint, West Sussex, 1964/65.
Collection of Peter Davis Stills, Films, and related items in the archive.