Female factory worker from the film "Listen to Britain"

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Wednesday 8th November, 7.00pm for 7:15 start

Scenes from the great documentaries of the 30's and 40's which explore the British character at work and play, in war and peace, and attitudes to class and colonialism.

We go from pastoral craft skills to the huge changes created by the industrialisation of Britain, seen through the eyes of socially committed film makers in the period before television. We look at the finest of these documentarians- Humphrey Jennings, whose poetic vision is shown in unforgettably photographed films set during WW2 in London. We also look at Jill Craigie's classic documentary “ Out of Chaos”, which records the role of the arts in wartime.

Film and television director Tristram Powell and Tanya Harrod, who lectures on crafts in Britain and their relation to film, will talk about the films and answer questions.