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David Lean and Gaumont Sound News website launched

A website exploring the director David Lean’s time at Gaumont Sound News has been launched. The site focuses on a period at the beginning of his career when, in January 1930, he left features to join the newsreels as a cutter. It describes why Lean was drawn to the newsreels and what he did, the history of Gaumont Sound News and how the revolution of sound transformed the production and reception of the news in the early 1930s. A timeline of Gaumont Sound News also includes several films which can be viewed online, including a visit by the actress Madeleine Carroll to a Yorkshire colliery to a pre-election speech by Sir Oswald Mosley in 1931. The website is the outcome of a short-term research project funded by the David Lean Foundation which has also added over 2000 Gaumont Sound News stories to the British Universities Newsreel Database (BUND).

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