Steel - The British Steel Industry


'The backbone of Britain's industrial power lies in her great Steel Industry. In the blast furnaces, forges, rolling mills, and machine shops labour vast numbers of highly skilled craftsmen who, for generations, have devoted their lives to serving a great tradition known the world over - the tradition of British Steel.' [1]

35 minutes. 35mm: 3000ft. 16mm: 1300ft.

Date: 1945
Production: Technique Film
(In association with the Film Producers Guild)
Technicolor
Director: Ronald H. Riley
Writer: Ronald H. Riley
Producer: A. Frank Bundy
Photography: Jack Cardiff and Cyril Knowles
Editor: Peter R.E. Tanner
Narration: John Laurie
Unit Production Manager: Harry Reubin
Music Composed by: Hubert Clifford
Music Performed by: London Symphony Orchestra
Conducted by: Muir Mathieson

Recorded at Merton Park Studios on Western Electric Recording

Text from title credits:
'The producers wish to extend their thanks to the managements of the various works at which this film was made, and to the steelworkers for their willing help and co-operation.'


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Monochrome still from 'Steel' - Taken from 'Films of Britain 1947-50'

'1.3 – Art and History of the Documentary Film – Classic Documentaries (1905 - 1951)
STEEL
Colour 35mins
Brilliant photography eloquently demonstrates the blast furnaces, forges rolling mills and machine shops, and the number of highly skilled craftsmen who for generation have devoted their lives to the tradition of British steel making.
Technique Films
British Council, 1945
Direction: Ronald H Riley
Photography: Jack Cardiff' [2]








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Monochrome still from 'Steel' - Taken from 'Films of Britain 1946'

Steel
Certificate: U
Distributors: 20th Century Fox.
Producers: Verity Films [incorrect?]
Director: Ronald H. Riley
3017ft / 34mins. [3] 




















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  1. ^ Films of Britain - British Council Film Department Catalogue - 1946
  2. ^ National Film Library Catalogue (1979)
  3. ^ Monthly Film Bulletin of the BFI - New Short Films Issued between June 21 and July 16 [1945]