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Documentary, Short Films
This collection of 22 documentaries, created by the film production arm of the General Post Office in the years leading up to World War Two, is a major piece of British film history. John Grierson, the 'father of British documentary', ran the GPO Film Unit as a place for making not infomercials, but radical, socially conscious work that was far ahead of its time. As well as providing an insight into life in the 1930s, the collection is full of trailblazing filmmaking including — Night Mail, which follows a steam train carrying post speeding its way to the sleeping multitudes across the country.
E means that the film's distributor believes the film to be 'exempt' from a BBFC age rating. E certificate films are often designed to inform, educate or instruct.
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Poetic, nostalgia-filled documentary by Liverpool-born director Terence Davies, looking back to the harsh post-war 1950s and 1960s in his home city.
14+ years 74 mins
A compelling portrait of contemporary London, looking at the city's vast and varied history and how that has help construct its current identity.
14+ years 128 mins
A collection of extraordinary footage from the BFI National Archive capturing the suffragette movement in the early 20th century.
11+ years 45 mins
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