Shadows of Progress - Documentary Film in Post-War Britain 1951 - 1977
As Britain emerged from the Second World War, new social, political and ideological challenges brought about inevitable and far-reaching change. With change came a need to look at, and engage with, the country's people, places, values and industries in fresh and exciting ways.
Out of the shadows cast by such celebrated documentarists as Humphrey Jennings and Paul Rotha emerged the likes of John Krish, Eric Marquis and Derrick Knight, each of whom employed bold and distinctive new techniques in order to tackle an increasingly diverse array of subjects.
Until now, the films and film makers in this collection have been unjustly overlooked and under-appreciated. Yet the films presented here - commissioned by private industry, commercial sponsors, government departments and independent charities are every bit as inspired, ground-breaking and indispensable as anything produced by the Free Cinema or British documentary movements.
A 4-disc box set complete with 100-page notes to the documentaries. Total running time 828mins.
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