FALCON FILMS was one of several groups working within the society during the 1970s. Formed in 1976 it consisted of the following members: Bob Spacie, Jack Baker, Don Smith and Ron Elson.
Bob Spacie who originated the idea lived off Falcondale Road in Westbury-on-Trym, Bristol and it was considered that Falcon Films would be a good name for the group.

The subjects of the films were to be of a documentary nature and the first one was shot on Boxing Day 1976 entitled, "The Mangotsfield Mummers"

Bob Spacie was the driving force behind the group and his enthusiasm and expertise in research soon provided a second subject to film namely, "The Painswick Church Clipping Ceremony". This was completed in the autumn of 1977 - shot by three cameras with Ron Elson handling the sound.


The third and final film was made on the 13th May 1978, "The Randwick Wap" which was a pageant and cheese rolling ceremony held at Randwick, near Stroud in Gloucestershire. Graham Egarr also assisted the group in the filming of this.


During the next couple of years Bob Spacie became ill and sadly died. He had a son living in Canada who came over for the funeral and we assume the films were taken back to Canada and therefore lost to the society

Written by founder member Don Smith - 2005


Falcon Films 1976-80

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