GPO 30s Britain (Vol 1) DVD

aka Thirties Britain, G P O Film Unit , 1930s

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Directed by G P O Film Unit

Produced in 1930s

Main Language - English

Countries & Regions - British Film

Film Description

Features Granton Trawler (John Grierson, 1934) about a trawler out fishing on Viking bank. "The one credit I was absolutely insistent on was putting my name on as cameraman...It was a solo effort"; Coal Face (Cavalcanti, 1935), a prestigious experiment in sound using coal-mining shots; A Job In A Million (Evelyn Spice, 1937), a documentary about a Cockney lad training to be a messenger boy and a perfect example of the breakthrough effected by the GPO Film Unit at a time when working-class people were usually presented as merely comic characters; Spare Time, (Jennings, 1939), showing how workers in the steel, cotton and coal industries spend their spare time. Jennings differed from earlier British documentarists in stressing worker's individuality instead of presenting them as symbols of the dignity of labour. Also includes The City, (Ralph Elton, 1939), an analysis of the growth and development of London.

DVD Details

Certificate: E

Publisher: Panamint Cinema

Length: 75 mins

Aspect ratio: 4:3

Format: DVD B&W

Region: 0

Released: 31st July 2006

Cat No: RMA1003

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by Anon on 15th March 2004

Granton Trawler - 11 min, John Grierson (1934) - A trawler out fishing on Viking bank. "The one credit I was absolutely insistent on was putting my name on as cameram... Read on

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