RE: WWII British Propaganda Films

Amy Severson (
Tue, 5 Jun 2001 08:31:00 -0700 (PDT)

Thanks for your help;
I'm still trying to find the PPR for Canada before we can decide to


At 11:44 AM 6/1/01 -0700, you wrote:
>Hi Amy,
>Facets has all of the films listed (except for "Heart of Britain" and
>"Coastal Command") on various compilation videos that we carry. All videos
>are in stock and ready to ship immediately. Please see descriptions below.
>"Listen to Britain"
>Four great poetic documentaries by Humphrey Jennings, all set during World
>War II by this great English filmmaker: Listen to Britain, The True Story of
>Lili Marlene, A Diary for Timothy and The Cumberland Story.
>VHS Item#: S02953
>Price: $79.95
>Humphrey Jennings Great Britain 1942-47 120
>"Wartime Moments"
>Three remarkable documentaries from the British Documentary Movement are
>presented in this volume, highlighting the work of Humphrey Jennings. Listen
>to Britain (1942) chronicles daily life during the war. Harry Watt's Target
>for Tonight (1941) details the precision of a RAF bombing raid on a German
>depot. Jennings's masterpiece A Diary for Timothy (1945), written by E.M.
>Forster, follows a child's first three months juxtaposed against the massive
>reconstruction and rebuilding of a physically devastated landscape.
>VHS Item#: S17418
>Price: $29.95
>"Wartime Homefront"
>The major British documentarian was Humphrey Jennings. This program of the
>British Documentary Movement contains Jennings's finest works, the brilliant
>London Can Take It, about the individual heroism, valor and sacrifice during
>the Blitz. The other program is Fires Were Started, Jennings's documentary
>about the Auxiliary Fire Service during 1940/41 German onslaught.
>VHS Item#: S17416
>Price: $29.95
>Humphrey Jenning Great Britain 1940-41
>"Desert Victory"
>This historic documentary offers a dramatic account of the Allied Forces'
>victory over Rommel's troops in North Africa. Directed by British filmmaking
>veteran Roy Boulting, with footage taken by members of the Army Film and
>Photographic Unit as well as captured German film, this much honored film is
>a remarkable document of one of the turning points of World War II. The
>filming was done under the most severe battle conditions--four cameramen
>were killed, six were wounded and seven were captured. The esteemed artist
>and critic Manny Farber called Desert Victory "…that rare thing, a perfect
>movie." The film won the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature of 1943.
>Also included is Cameramen at War (1943), a 15-minute celebration of the
>achievements of battlefield photographers, compiled by pioneering animator
>Len Lye. Footage taken from Dunkirk to Ethiopia is combined with glimpses of
>the cameramen who risked life and limb to capture these images of war.
>VHS Item#: S04479
>Price: $19.95
>Roy Boulting Great Britain 1943 62 mins.
>If you have any questions regarding this message or would like to place an
>order for this title please feel free to contact me at your convenience.
>Brian McCaskill, Director
>Educational Services
>Facets Multimedia
>1517 W. Fullerton Ave.
>Chicago, IL 60614
>ph: 800-331-6197
>fax: 773-929-5437
>-----Original Message-----
>[]On Behalf Of Amy Severson
>Sent: Friday, June 01, 2001 1:05 PM
>To: Multiple recipients of list
>Subject: WWII British Propaganda Films
>Does anyone know of a North American distributor for WWII British
>propaganda films?
>The titles I am looking for were produced by the Crown Film Unit, formally
>a division of the Post Office, (!) in the United Kingdom.
>I have found out where I can purchase them in the UK, but would prefer a
>North American distributor, and of course, one who can offer me PPR.
>This is going to be a great course if I can get my hands on this stuff!
>The titles are as follows:
>The Heart of Britain (1941)
>Listen to Britain (1942)
>A Diary for Timothy (1956)
>Fires were Started (1943)
>Desert Victory (1942)
>Target for Tonight (1941)
>Coastal Command (1942)
>Many Thanks in advance for ANY leads.

Amy Severson
Media Resources, Instructional Development Centre
7512 Education Building
Simon Fraser University
Burnaby, BC V5A 1S6 Canada
phone: (604) 291-4300 fax: (604) 291-4900