Sunday, 9 October 2011

Engines Must Not Enter the Potato Siding (1969)

This once almost mythical BBC programme about railways and railwaymen in Sheffield has been part of railway film lovers folklore for many years. The BBC has slowly allowed brief clips to appear in other programmes (eg Reel History of Britain) and web pages.

The full film has now been 'leaked' onto YouTube for everyone to enjoy.

Sunday, 11 September 2011

Peak District (1954)

The BFI have published a 5 minute extract of Peak District on their YouTube Channel

Friday, 15 July 2011

Britain Through A Lens: The Documentary Film Mob

Showing soon on BBC4 :
The unlikely story of how, between 1929 and 1945, a group of tweed-wearing radicals and pin-striped bureaucrats created the most influential movement in the history of British film. They were the British Documentary Movement and they gave Britons a taste for watching films about real life.
They were an odd bunch, as one wit among them later admitted. "A documentary director must be a gentleman... and a socialist." They were inspired by a big idea - that films about real life would change the world. That, if people of all backgrounds saw each other on screen - as they really were - they would get to know and respect each other more. As John Grierson, the former street preacher who founded the Movement said: "Documentary outlines the patterns of interdependence".
The Documentary Film Mob assembles a collection of captivating film portraits of Britain, during the economic crisis of the 1930s and the Second World War. Featuring classic documentaries about slums and coal mines, about potters and posties, about the bombers and the Blitz, the programme reveals the fascinating story of what was also going on behind the camera. Of how the documentary was born and became part of British culture.

Tuesday, 25 January 2011

Berth 24 (1950)

Berth 24 is included in the forthcoming BFI ship building DVD collection "Tales from the Shipyard" released on February 14th, 2011....