Hide and seek (1989)

Description

English

This footage was filmed in 1989 as part of a fly-on-the-wall film following the lives of children living on the same street in Gateshead. This clip shows the children playing ‘Hide and Seek’; a game that inhabits every school playground. ‘Seeking’ is an inherent part of children’s running around games and carries with it a certain tension or risk. As the Opies wrote: ‘Few people can feel more tense than the younger player as he sets out alone to search for his companions, see no one, where a minute before was a mob, yet knowing that every bush and tree may be a mask for a pair of eyes’. Although commonly known as ‘Hide and Seek’ other variants include: ‘Hoop and Hide’, ‘Whoop’, ‘Hide and Fox’, ‘Keek-Bogle’, ‘Beans and Butter’, ‘Boggle-Bush’, ‘Cuckoo’, ‘Heddo’, ‘Shammy Round the Block’, ‘Spy Hole’ and ‘Hiders-Catch-Winkers’.

Transcript

Transcript

Boy 1:

Coming, ready or not.

[Laughter].

Boy 1:

oh there … found you!

Boy 2:

Oh!

Title:
Hide and seek (1989)
Date:
1989
Duration:
00:53
Format:
Video
Language:
English
Copyright:
© Siren Films
Held by
Siren Films

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