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Midsummer Day’s Work, A

Synopsis
During the ominously perfect summer that preceded the outbreak of the World War 2 men are laying an underground telephone cable in the Chilterns from Amersham to Aylesbury, about 18 miles. Along the route gangs are working, labouring in the sun in rural surroundings - the cottage where Milton finished ‘Paradise Lost’ and the eighteenth century Adam residence of the descendants of Sir Francis Drake. There is no director credited on the film, and there might have been none on location. James E. Rogers, who shot two of Cavalcanti’s avant-garde films in France in the late twenties and later introduced Cavalcanti to Grierson, was a distinguished freelance cameraman, and Jonah Jones was one of the two who filmed ‘NIGHT MAIL’ in 1936.
Series
Britain in the Thirties. Vol 2
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Video; Videocassette. VHS. b&w. 13 min.
Year of production
1939
Availability
Sale
Notes
See: BRITAIN IN THE THIRTIES VOL 2 for availability on compilation videocassette.
Subjects
History
Keywords
England; World War II

Credits

Contributor
Frank H ‘Jonah’ Jones; James E Rogers

Production Company

Name

GPO Film Unit

Distributor

Name

Post Office Film & Video Library

Email
poes@edist.co.uk
Phone
01795 426465
Fax
01795 474871
Address
c/o Post Office Education Services
PO Box 145
Sittingbourne
Kent
ME10 1NH
Notes
Contact: Barry Wiles

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