A Day in the Life: Four Portraits of Postwar Britain by John Krish DVD+Blu-ray

John Krish, 1964

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Film Details

Directed by John Krish

Produced in 1964

Main Language - English

Countries & Regions - British Film

Film Description

Contains four films from one of Britain's foremost documentary filmmakers, John Krish: The Elephant Will Never Forget (1953), They Took Us To The Sea (1961), Our School (1962) and I Think They Call Him John (1964). This compilation justly won The Evening Standard Award for Best Documentary.

Until last autumn, John Krish was one of British cinema's best-kept secrets: an unsung master of postwar documentary filmmaking who repeatedly turned his works, for sponsors as diverse as the Central Office of Information and the NSPCC, into truly stirring cinema to rank alongside the world's greatest directors. Both critical and audience reaction to A Day in the Life: Four Portraits of Post-War Britain has deservedly brought long-overdue recognition to this most modest but brilliant of filmmakers.

This celebrated programme contains four of Krish's most cherished films: The Elephant Will Never Forget (1953), a poetic farewell to London's trams; They Took Us to the Sea (1961), a poignant record of a seaside outing for disadvantaged children; Our School (1962), charting the beliefs of educators, and the aspirations of the decade's young school-leavers; and I Think They Call Him John (1964), a deeply moving account of the life of an elderly widower.

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DVD+Blu-ray Details

Certificate: E

Publisher: BFI

Length: 92 mins

Aspect ratio: 1.33:1

Format: DVD+Blu-ray B&W

Region: 0

Released: 28th March 2011

Cat No: BFIB1097

DVD+Blu-ray Extras

  • All films transferred from elements preserved in the BFI National Archive, and presented in both High Definition and Standard Definition
  • Two bonus films from John Krish: I Want to Go to School (1959, 30 mins): a charming portrait of a typical day at a primary school, made for the NUT
  • Mr Marsh Comes to School (1961, 28 mins): a distinctly unorthodox film for teenagers, featuring a supernaturally talented Youth Employment Officer
  • New interview with John Krish at BFI Southbank (2010, 19 mins)
  • Illustrated booklet with film notes and essays by John Krish, Kevin Brownlow, BFI Senior Curator (Non Fiction) Patrick Russell and others.

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