Vermont kids, John Marshall, Roger Hart, UK, 1975, 58'
In the summer of 1975, John Marshall and Roger Hart documented the outdoor play activities of the children in a small Vermont town. Roger had just completed his dissertation from Clark University on the geography of children.
John's 13 hours of 16mm footage comprised part of his detailed research on children's outdoor lives, studying the role of play in children's psychological development as well as its relationship to their understanding of nature and their surroundings. The long takes of children completely absorbed in their own private worlds provide a rare document of the complexity, creativity, and spontaneity of children at play.
A year after shooting, Roger received an invitation from the BBC to make a film on children's creative activity outdoors-