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Saving of Bill Blewitt, The

Synopsis
A fiction film, made in the documentary style, about two fishermen whose boat is wrecked but who manage to save up enough to buy another. Harry Watt has described how he was told to make a film about saving, which was anathema to him, and liking fishing, set off to find a fishing village. When he eventually arrived in Mousehole it was raining; ‘I go into the pub, and there’s one man in the pub at the bar. So I say, Have a drink and he has a drink. He asks me to have drink, and we’re drinking double rums. By lunchtime I’m stewed, and he’s stewed. We’re absolutely paralytic. I stand up and say, Well, I must find the postmaster. He says, I am the postmaster’. And this was Bill Blewitt, one of the the greatest characters in British films. Music by Benjamin Britten.
Series
Britain in the Thirties. Vol 2
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Video; Videocassette. VHS. b&w. 25 min.
Year of production
1937
Availability
Sale
Notes
See: BRITAIN IN THE THIRTIES VOL 2 for availability on compilation videocassette.
Subjects
History; Sociology
Keywords
fishing communities

Credits

Director
Harry Watt
Producer
Alberto Cavalcanti
Contributor
Benjamin Britten; Frank H ‘Jonah’ Jones; S Onions

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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