Rail, Road and Sea • Documentary, Short Films, Special Interest, UR
The flagship of the GPO Film Unit's output and a cornerstone of British documentary. Harry Watt and Basil Wright's study of the down postal express stands as a beacon for John Grierson's original purpose for documentary - to make the working man the hero of the screen. A truly collaborative effort, a coming together of many great names and those immortal lines from W.H. Auden.
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When he's invited to a headmasters' conference in order to make his inaugural speech as chairman, Brian Stimpson (John Cleese), a man obsessed with punctuality, sets off with time to spare. However, numerous unexpected obstacles lead him into a race against the clock to arrive on time.
In his first cinema film, made at British Transport Films, John Schlesinger presents a day in the life of Waterloo Rail Station. Now a staple television format, this observational look at the workings of one of London’s key railway hubs was considered innovative in 1961, winning it awards at Veni...
Boy and Bicycle
Ridley Scott’s first film – featuring his younger brother, the late Tony Scott, as a schoolboy playing truant for the day to meander around Hartlepool on his bicycle – is a far cry from the director’s Hollywood blockbusters, a lyrical and highly personal evocation of the early sixties North East.