Title Details

Calcutta Christmas, A

Hidden in the middle of noisy, vibrant Calcutta is a quiet oasis, the Tollygunge Home, a refuge for 35 elderly Anglo-Indians who still cling to the belief that Britain is their true home.
Year : 1998 | Total Duration : 52.5 Minutes | Producer : Denise Haslem
Director : Maree Delofski |
Montage of Calcutta street scenes with pedestrians and traffic. Opening title - A Calcutta Christmas. Dissolve to sign: Tollygunge Homes,186 N.S.C. Bose Road, Cal - 40. Early morning sunrise over grounds of the home. Resident, Mr Patrick Glaskin marks off his calendar - 20 December. Dahl (lentil soup) is served to residents in dining room. Residents read newspapers on verandah. Gates to home open and two bullocks enter. Residents Mr Louis Robertson and Miss Mary Patrick sit in garden. He writes a letter.
Access No. 78864 | 4 mins 7 secs | 1990s | Calcutta, India | © NFSA | Colour |
Mrs Gladys Minwalla, resident of the Home sits in cane chair talking to camera. Bullocks and residents together in garden. Male residents walking with goose in garden. VS of Calcutta including traffic, pedestrians, cinema posters and Hindi icons. HA over black car entering the Home. Mrs Evangeline McKenzie sits on verandah knitting. Chairperson of Homes, Mrs Nilima Dutta alights from car and enters building. She inspects the rooms of the female residents. She stops and speaks with new resident Mrs Hortencia Loxton.
Access No. 126034 | 2 mins 50 secs | 1990s | Calcutta, India | © NFSA | Colour |
Nurse talks to resident Myrtle. Rubbish is cleared from Myrtle's room. The nurse takes Myrtle from her room. Mrs Dutta inspects rooms of the female dormitory. Myrtle looks through window into her room. Female residents on verandah. Mrs Dutta talks to Myrtle and then a group of female residents. Chairperson of Tullgunge Homes Mrs Nilima Dutta to camera. Mr Jimmy Carr and Mr Reeves McDermott put up Christmas decorations in dining room while Phyllis plays the piano. Squawking crow perched on shutter. Gladys asleep in chair.
Access No. 126035 | 4 mins 28 secs | 1990s | Calcutta, India | © NFSA | Colour |
Three female residents to camera. Pan of photographs and memorabilia belonging to Mrs Evangeline McKenzie. She sits in chair looking through her photo albums. Mrs Dutta walks along verandah of home greeting residents of Home. Mrs Dutta in chair to camera. VS of residents in Home. Man deals out money from wad of notes to the residents. Residents use their thumb prints as evidence of receipt. Mr Pat Loxton to camera. His mother Hortencia is a recent resident of the home. Hortencia comes to him, they cuddle.
Access No. 126036 | 4 mins 31 secs | 1990s | Calcutta, India | © NFSA | Colour |
Pat Loxton sits with his mother Hortencia on bench. Christian altar with Sacred Heart picture, crucifix and Virgin Mary statues. VS of Christian icons. Mrs Olga Walsh to camera. Garden swept by home worker. Gladys with Miss Elsie Martin in chairs on verandah to camera. Workers in garden. Clothes drying over verandah. Mrs Phyllis Robertson to camera. Patrick Glaskin marks off calendar - December 22. Residents Jimmy and Reeves organise Christmas decorations. Jimmy blows up balloon. Dog lying in pile of leaves.
Access No. 126037 | 3 mins 34 secs | 1990s | Calcutta, India | © NFSA | Colour |
Residents Mr Louis Robertson and Miss Mary Patrick sit in garden on bench talking. Dog sitting in pile of leaves. Jimmy draws on balloon with Reeves and other man looking on. Female residents squabble over chair on verandah. Gladys to camera. Phyllis to camera. Mr Noel Puxty Superintendent Tollygunge Homes to camera. Gladys and Hortencia in discussion. Garden of home. Verandah of men's dormitory. Resident Louis Robertson coordinates music for the dorm. He talks to camera. Pan over his music collection.
Access No. 126038 | 6 mins 59 secs | 1990s | Calcutta, India | © NFSA | Colour |
Jeeves and Jimmy dancing in their dormitory. Jeeves and Jimmy to camera. Female residents in garden on bench wave to Jimmy as he passes. Hortencia with her son Bullo in garden. He gives her some money for Christmas. The residence of Mr and Mrs Arnold McKenzie on the Tollygunge Home estate. They are the only married residents of the Home. They sit together in their home. She recites a poem. Resident Mr Patrick Glaskin in his room. Metal triangle is rung as a call to dinner.
Access No. 126039 | 3 mins 43 secs | 1990s | Calcutta, India | © NFSA | Colour |
Mrs Evangeline McKenzie waits by table in dining room for her meal. A large metal dish is brought to the table by kitchen helper. Reeves says Grace. Evangeline serves the meal to the residents. Phyllis to camera. Gladys scrapes her plate for the dog to eat. Louis sits by his cassette player listening to music. Christmas decorations hanging in dining room. Star is placed on tree. Mrs Dutta with Mr Puxty organising Christmas party. Residents in garden. Louis wipes tears from his eyes. Reeves helps Jimmy with his neck scarf.
Access No. 126040 | 2 mins 52 secs | 1990s | Calcutta, India | © NFSA | Colour |
Jimmy and Reeves together in dormitory. Reeves to camera. Gladys and Elsie in garden talking to man. Elsie and Gladys on chairs on verandah to camera. Arnold and Evangeline McKenzie seated at table eating their dinner. McKenzies to camera. Hortencia and Mary wait on bench watching for family to visit. They watch the metal gate. Phyllis sends message to family in Australia. Traffic on street outside Home. Evangeline walks out of gate on to very busy street. She watches passing traffic and returns to Home.
Access No. 126041 | 6 mins 27 secs | 1990s | Calcutta, India | © NFSA | Colour |
Garden and building of Tollygunge Home. HA of Mrs Doris Capp entering her room. Group of male residents in room listening to one singing old tune. Pan of photographs and memorabilia. CU's of residents alone in their respective rooms. Gladys and Evangeline talk on verandah. View of gate from inside Home. Hortencia sits across bench waiting for family to visit. Male residents watch cricket on television. Night shots of Calcutta street life with Christmas decorations and lights. Picture of Mother Teresa in window.
Access No. 126042 | 3 mins 43 secs | 1990s | Calcutta, India | © NFSA | Colour |
Resident Patrick Glaskin sits on his bed. CU on calendar - 25th December marked. Dressed up female residents wait on lounge for Christmas party to begin. Guide Lions four piece band play on stage. Residents make their way to the dining room. Mrs Dutta arrives with young girl. She unloads small boxes from her car. Mrs Dutta unpacks china set from box. Residents begin to dance. Presents and envelopes are given to the residents. Mrs Dutta talks to resident. Reeves to camera. Dulcie to camera.
Access No. 126043 | 4 mins 10 secs | 1990s | Calcutta, India | © NFSA | Colour |
People at Christmas party standing in ring sing God Save the Queen. Evangeline McKenzie applauds. Evangeline and her husband Arnold carrying their presents make their way to their residence. They talk to camera. Man clears rubbish from dining room. Dog sniffs around legs of tables. Night shots of Tollygunge Home. Female resident crosses the grass. End titles and credits. Myrtle with dirty cups waves to camera . Gladys to camera. Gladys and Elsie together turn off the lights.
Access No. 126044 | 7 mins 57 secs | 1990s | Calcutta, India | © NFSA | Colour |