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How Six People Spend Saturday
Life in Britain
'It is Saturday in Britain, the day divided between work and rest. In the morning six people, representative of various types are seen at work in the industrial areas, on the farms and in the cities. They are a craftsman from the Midlands, a typist in a big Manchester office, a tug captain on the River Thames, a farmer from the Lowlands of Scotland, a woman doctor from Cardiff and a small boy who lives in a suburb. At midday the people crowd out of offices, factories and schools, all going home to prepare for the half-holiday. Saturday afternoon is set aside for enjoyment. Out they go to their games and amusements, to play football and hockey, rugby and running, to work in the garden, to walk in the woods. At the end of the afternoon they go out to various places of amusement, or they return home to read and play or to make clothes or model aeroplanes.'
Director: Philip Leacock
Production Company: Realist Film Unit
Producer: John Taylor
Cinematographer: A. E. Jeakins
Sound Recording: -
Length: 35mm: 1000ft. 16mm: 360ft.
Listed under the title 'Life in Britain' in the
Films of Britain
catalogue. It is not named
Films of Britain
catalogue. This suggests that the film has perhaps be re-edited, or re-dubbed, since its original completion.
This title has no credits beyond the production company, and the sponsor - TIDA. Individual credits for this title are taken from the
British Film Library Catalogue, Vol.2, Non-Fiction Film 1888-1994 (2001 Edition)
, page 297.
It has been suggested that Paul Rotha was perhaps involved in the production of this title, though the source of this information has been lost.
Diverse Britain is captured on film in
, depicting the scope and scale of British life and showcasing major cities’ involvements in agriculture, industry and commerce. The fourth wall is removed from rural and urban homes as we gain insight into the day-to-day lives of the British family; their varied careers, an unwavering passion for sport and dancing and a love for the occasional, well-deserved drink at a traditional public house.
This film aims to instil within the minds of its viewers that the fundamental values of British society are hard work, sport, family, home and togetherness. It demonstrates how the overwhelming proportion of the British public are pillars of the community working not just for themselves but for others around them, strengthening the idea of a communal British nation.
Taken from the
Life In Britain
Films of Britain
- British Council Film Department Catalogue - 1940
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