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Day in the Life, A: Four Portraits of Post War Britain by John Krish

Synopsis
Four black and white documentaries by John Krish, portraying life in post-war Britain. THE ELEPHANT WILL NEVER FORGET (1953), a poetic farewell to London’s trams; THEY TOOK US TO THE SEA (1961), a poignant record of a seaside outing for disadvantaged children; OUR SCHOOL (1962), charting the beliefs of educators, and the aspirations of the decade’s young school-leavers; I THINK THEY CALL HIM JOHN (1964), a moving account of the life of an elderly widower.
In each of these films - richly textured with the details of Britain in a time of transition - Krish combines an understated humanism with clarity of purpose to create works that are timelessly affecting and entertaining.

DVD extras include:
I WANT TO GO TO SCHOOL(1959, 30 mins): a charming portrait of a typical day at a primary school, made for the NUT; MR MARSH COMES TO SCHOOL (1961, 28 mins): a distinctly unorthodox film for teenagers, featuring a supernaturally talented Youth Employment Officer; New interview with John Krish at BFI Southbank (2010, 19 mins, DVD only); Illustrated booklet with film notes and essays by John Krish, Kevin Brownlow, BFI Senior Curator (Non Fiction) Patrick Russell and others.

All films have been transferred from elements preserved in the BFI National Archive,and are presented in both High Definition and Standard Definition (Blu-ray and DVD)
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Year of release
2011
Subjects
Social Studies; Education; History
Keywords
history of education; history of the 20th century; social history; trams; Disadvantaged children; widowers

Credits

Director
John Krish

Distribution Formats

Type
DVD
Format
Region 2 PAL, Blu-Ray DVD
Price
£10.99
Availability
Sale
Duration/Size
90 minutes
Year
2011

Distributor

Name

BFI Video

Email
video.films@bfi.org.uk
Web
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Phone
020 7957 8957
Fax
020 7957 8968
Address
21 Stephen Street
London
W1T 1LN
 

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