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Documentary, Short Films
This collection on four DVDs brings together a wide range of documentaries made in Britain between 1930 and 1950, showing what life was like for the nation's people. It was a tough era involving a rapidly changing and industrialising world, economic depression and World War II. While the black-and-white films might be from before your grandparents' time, don't be fooled into thinking they're all drably old-fashioned - many use state-of-the-art methods and innovative approaches, including poetry and dramatic reconstruction, to get their message across. Of particular note are contributions from director Paul Rotha - People of Britain (Disc 1) is a pacifist rallying call from 1936 and the title feature, Land of Promise (Disc 3) is a controversial argument for post war social housing reform.
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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Third in a series of collected documentaries made by the British postal service's film unit from 1939-40, as the nation crept into World War Two.
11+ years 260 mins
Based on Irish author Frank McCourt's autobiography, this both hilarious and tragic film deals with him growing up in a very poor family in the '30s.
14–16 years 140 mins
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