30s Britain Collection

RMA1008

A 3-disk release of GPO Film Unit documentaries from the early days of  the Unit in the 1930s.

Disk 1: Granton Trawler (1934) directed by  John Grierson. About a trawler fishing on the Viking Bank. Coal Face  (1935) directed by Alberto Cavalcanti. An experiment in sound in a coal  mine. A Job in a Million (1940) directed by Evelyn Spice. A young  cockney lad trains as a messenger boy with the Post Office. Spare Time  (1939) directed by Humphrey Jennings. Workers in the steel, cotton and  coal industries at leisure. The City (1939) directed by Ralph Elton. The growth and development of London. How the Post Office helped ease  congestion with its own underground railway.

Disk 2: The Saving of  Bill Blewitt (1937) directed by Harry Watt. How two fishermen save up  to replace their wrecked boat. North Sea (1938) directed by Harry  Watt. An Aberdeen trawler in trouble gets assistance from Wick  coastguard radio station. The first successful example of the now  familiar drama-documentary. The Islanders (1939) directed by Maurice  Harvey. Life on the islands of Eriskay, Guernsey and Inner Farne are  linked to the mainland by the Post Office. A Midsummers Day's Work  (1939). About the laying of an 18-mile underground telephone cable in  the Chilterns from Amersham to Aylesbury. 

Disk 3: The King's Stamp  (1935) directed by William Coldstream. The designing and printing of the  King George V Silver Jubilee stamp, followed by a short history of  postage stamps. The Fairy of the Phone (1936) directed by William  Coldstream. A fanciful comedy on how to use the telephone. News for the  Navy (1937) directed by Norman McLaren. Following a package from  letter box to delivery to HMS Incredible in Bermuda.  N or NW (1937)  directed by Len Lye. The importance of correctly addressing a letter of  apology. Roadways (1937) directed by Stuart Legg and William  Coldstream. The history of transport, especially the growth in road  traffic. The Horsey Mail (1938) directed by Pat Jackson. The mail is  delivered by boat when part of East Norfolk is hit by floods. Mony a Pickle (1939), produced by Alberto Cavalcanti. The Post Office Savings  Bank is a natural target for Scottish thrift. Nine for Six (1939). A  telegram saves the day when a football team loses its only ball just  before a match.

These discs also available separately.

TOTAL RUNNING TIME: 252 mins, b/w.

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