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Invitation to Travel, An

Synopsis
A British Transport Films compilation video made to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the film unit of the British Transport Commission. All but A DAY OF ONE’S OWN were produced by Edgar Anstey.
1 (director Michael Clarke, 1954, col, 20 min): The countryside and coastline of Norfolk and Suffolk, with their historic houses, churches, castles, seaside towns, the city of Norwich, and the quiet, picturesque waterways of the Norfold Broads.
2 (director Kenneth Fairbairn, 1956, b&w, 20 min): A random selection of women around Britain take a day off from their everyday domestic chores to go on a variety of outings. The film shows how they chose to spend their days, whether shopping, sightseeing, or simply enjoying the peace of the countryside.
3 (director Michael Clarke, 1954, col, 20 min): Shows the gentle hills, shut-in valleys, picturesque villages and historic towns that make up the Cotswold countryside.
4 (director Kenneth Fairbairn, 1964, col, 17 min): The scenic beauty of Sussex, with the South Downs and the Weald, open spaces and green woodlands. Visits the Petworth Show, Goodwood races, polo at Cowdray Park, Glyndebourne, and the seaside resorts.
5 (director John Taylor, 1957, col, 17 min): A traditional holiday in Blackpool, with the zest and good humour of ordinary people set free from their usual routine and determined to have fun. The lively atmosphere is captured by the music of Chris Barber’s Jazz Band.
6: (compiler/editor John Legard, 1957, b&w, 9 min): Shows career opportunities that British Railways offered to the school-leaver following the Modernisation Plan, and the effects of the introduction of modern equipment and methods on British Railways personnel.
Series
British Transport Films Collection, The: Series
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Video; Videocassette. VHS. b&w/col. 112 min.
Year of production
1999
Availability
Sale; 1999 sale: £15.99 (inclusive)
Subjects
History
Keywords
Blackpool; railways; seaside towns; social history; Sussex

Credits

Director
John Legard; John Taylor; Kenneth Fairbairn; Michael Clarke
Producer
Edgar Anstey

Sections

Title
East Anglian holiday
Synopsis
1 (director Michael Clarke, 1954, col, 20 min): The countryside and coastline of Norfolk and Suffolk, with their historic houses, churches, castles, seaside towns, the city of Norwich, and the quiet, picturesque waterways of the Norfold Broads.

Title
Day of one’s own, A
Synopsis
2 (director Kenneth Fairbairn, 1956, b&w, 20 min): A random selection of women around Britain take a day off from their everyday domestic chores to go on a variety of outings. The film shows how they chose to spend their days, whether shopping, sightseein

Title
Heart of England
Synopsis
3 (director Michael Clarke, 1954, col, 20 min): Shows the gentle hills, shut-in valleys, picturesque villages and historic towns that make up the Cotswold countryside.

Title
Down to Sussex
Synopsis
4 (director Kenneth Fairbairn, 1964, col, 17 min): The scenic beauty of Sussex, with the South Downs and the Weald, open spaces and green woodlands. Visits the Petworth Show, Goodwood races, polo at Cowdray Park, Glyndebourne, and the seaside resorts.

Title
Holiday
Synopsis
5 (director John Taylor, 1957, col, 17 min): A traditional holiday in Blackpool, with the zest and good humour of ordinary people set free from their usual routine and determined to have fun. The lively atmosphere is captured by the music of Chris Barber'

Title
Future in rail, A
Synopsis
6: (compiler/editor John Legard, 1957, b&w, 9 min): Shows career opportunities that British Railways offered to the school-leaver following the Modernisation Plan, and the effects of the introduction of modern equipment and methods on British Railways per

Production Company

Name

British Transport Films

Notes
Some BTF films are distributed by Beulah.

Distributor

Name

BFI Film Bookings Unit

Email
bookings.films@bfi.org.uk
Web
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Phone
020 7957 8938 / 8935
Address
21 Stephen Street
London
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