A filmmaking family
The NFSA now holds a number of home movies spanning two generations of the Buckley family, from the years 1929–72.
Anthony Buckley was introduced to home movies through his family, recalling that once movie cameras were available to the public, his father and two of his uncles became keen hobbyists.
'Kethel (Keth), my father, had opted for shooting 9.5mm, the unique French gauge with the sprocket hole in the middle of the frame. Brian, a younger brother, had gone with the new 8mm gauge for economy, and the eldest brother, Horrie Pat, my godfather, had decided on 16mm, a somewhat expensive choice for 1928'.
From childhood, Anthony Buckley 'was accustomed to our Saturday night home movies on Dad’s 16mm Bolex projector'. He was enthralled as his father 'ran the family’s home movies backwards and forwards, which would keep everyone entertained for hours. Divers at the Manly pool would suddenly come flying out of the water backwards onto their diving boards. His younger brother eating a banana would regurgitate it and place it back in its skin. I thought it was trick photography but it was sleight of hand with the projector'.
See an example in the clip below: