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Night Mail - The Gpo Story

Synopsis
This release includes THE GPO STORY (1986), BBC Arena’s tribute to the Unit featuring many of the original filmmakers, including Harry Watt, Basil Wright, Stuart
Legg, Edgar Anstey, Chick Fowle, Pat Jackson, R.Q. McNaughton, Ralph Bond
and Ken Cameron. Also features NIGHT MAIL (1936, b/w), with verse by W H
Auden and music by Benjamin Britten; THE MIDNIGHT HOURS (1987, colour),
the extraordinary operation of collecting and sorting the nation’s mail for distribution by road, rail and air; POSTE HASTE (1988, colour), the 150 years history of the Travelling Post Office, and MAIL RAIL (1987, colour), featuring the unique
Royal Mail Underground Railway in London.
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Year of release
2013
Documentation
BFI Film Classics book Night Mail by Scott Anthony, published 2007
Subjects
Film studies
Keywords
documentary films; GPO; poetry; postal services; railways

Credits

Director
Basil Wright; Harry Watt
Writer
W H Auden

Distribution Formats

Type
DVD
Format
Region 2 PAL
Price
£20.41
Availability
Sale
Duration/Size
126 minutes
Year
2013

Production Company

Name

GPO Film Unit

Distributor

Name

Panamint Cinema

Email
cinema@panamint.co.uk
Web
http://www.panamint.co.uk External site opens in new window
Phone
01505 834936
Address
Abercorn Schoolhouse
Whitequarries
Broxburn
West Lothian, Scotland
EH52 6PZ

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