Coventry Cathedral



'Coventry's medieval church was destroyed in an air raid on 14 November 1940. A competition was launched among British architects for a design for the rebuilding and this was won by Sir Basil Spence, who introduces the film and provides the commentary. The development of the plan of the new cathedral is traced out, showing the influences which have affected the design.'[1]

Date: 1958
Duration: 23:--

In colour.
Director: Dudley Shaw Ashton
Production Company: -
Producer: Dudley Shaw Ashton
Cinematographer: A. E. Jeakins
Composer: Michael Tippett
Narration: Sir Basil Spence
Editor: Dudley Shaw Ashton
Sound Recording: Alan Lloyd, & Walter Milner
Script: Sir Basil Spence

Length: 35mm: -ft. 16mm: -ft.

Notes:

Produced by both the British Council and the British Film Institute.



“COVENTRY CATHEDRAL”
Colour. 23mins
Coventry's medieval church was destroyed in an air raid on 14 November 1940. A competition was launched among British architects for a design for the rebuilding and this was won by Sir Basil Spence, who introduces the film and provides the commentary. The development of the plan of the new cathedral is traced out, showing the influences which have affected the design. Sequences show: Graham Sutherland at work on the preliminary designs of the tapestry, the preparation of the five large pairs of stained glass windows, and the way in which the ruins of the old cathedral are being integrated with the new. The main body of the film is based on a model constructed from Spence's drawings, and is photographed in such a way as to give a clear impression of the final building. Venice and Edinburgh Film Festivals.
British Council and British Film Institute, 1956
Production, Photography and Editing: Dudley Shaw Ashton
Sound Recording: Alan Lloyd and Walter Milner
Script and Narration: Sir Basil Spence.”[2]
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  1. ^ 1.3 – Art and History of the Documentary Film – Documentaries, Shorts, Experimental Films (1953 – 1979)
    National Film Library Catalogue, 1979
  2. ^
    1.3 – Art and History of the Documentary Film – Documentaries, Shorts, Experimental Films (1953 – 1979)
    National Film Library Catalogue, 1979