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British Transport Films Collection: On and Off the Rails

In 1948, the British Transportation Commission set up its own in-house film production unit led for 25 years by Edgar Anstey -- a founding father of the British documentary movement. it became one of the largest industrial film units in Britain. In this selection of films the documentary aficionado will recognise the development of traits and innovations in British non-fiction filmmaking. Disc 1: Blue Pullman (1960, 25 min.) / director, Nick Nicholls -- Elizabethan Express / Tony Thompson (1954, 20 min.) -- Train time / John Shearman (1952, 28 min.) -- Rail 150 / Ronald Craigen (1975, 14 min.) -- The diesel train driver / (1959, 7 min.) -- On track for the eighties / John Legard (1980, 15 min.) -- Cybernetica / Peter Sims (1972, 20 min.) -- Disc 2: Under the river / R.K. Neilson Baxter (1959, 27 min.) -- Snowdrift at Bleath Gill / Kenneth Fairbairn (1955, 10 min.) -- This year: London / John Krish, Jack Holmes (1951, 25 min.) -- This is York / J. B. Holmes (1953, 20 min.) -- The great highway / R, K. Nelson Baxter (1966, 20 min.) -- A Day of One's Own / Kenneth Fairbairn (1956, 20 min.) -- John Betjeman goes by train / Malcolm Freegard (1962, 10 min.). Running a RailwayIn 1948, the British Transportation Commission set up its own in-house film production unit led for 25 years by Edgar Anstey -- a founding father of the British documentary movement. it became one of the largest industrial film units in Britain. In this selection of films the documentary aficionado will recognise the development of traits and innovations in British non-fiction filmmaking. Disc 1: Operation London Bridge / directors, Norman Prouting, David C. Lochner (1975, 18 min.) -- Wires over the border / David C. Lochner (1974, 18 min.) -- Groundwork for progress / Bill Mason (1959- 30 min.) -- Making tracks / Tony Thompson (1956, 17 min.) -- E for Experiment / Donald Washbourne (1975, 20 min.) -- Modelling for the future (1962, 8 min.) -- Britannia: a bridge / David C. Lochner (1973, 19 min.) -- Disc 2: Terminus / John Schlesinger (1961, 20 min.) -- Fully fitted freight / Ralph Keene (1957, 21 min.) -- Farmer moving South (a Winter journey) / John Taylor (1952, 17 min.) -- I am a litter basket / James Ritchie (1959, 7 min.) -- The Third Sam / Kenneth Fairbairn (1962, 10 min.) -- People like us (1962, 9 min.) -- Future on rail / Edgar Anstey (1957, 10 min.) See Britain by TrainIn 1948, the British Transportation Commission set up its own in-house film production unit led for 25 years by Edgar Anstey -- a founding father of the British documentary movement. it became one of the largest industrial film units in Britain. In this selection of films the documentary aficionado will recognise the development of traits and innovations in British non-fiction filmmaking. Disc 1: West Country journey / director, Syd Sharples (1953, 26 min.) -- A letter for Wales / Tony Thompson (1960, 25 min.) -- Cyclists special (1955, 16 min.) -- Holiday / John Taylor (1957, 18 min.) -- The heart is Highland / John Taylor (1952, 20 min.) -- Any man's kingdom / Tony Thompson (1956, 20 min.) -- Disc 2: Glasgow belongs to me / Edward McConnell (1966, 17 min.) -- The England of Elizabeth / John Taylor (1957, 27 min.) -- Capital visit / Syd Sharples (1955, 20 min.) -- The heart of England / Michael Clarke (1954, 20 min.) -- East Anglian holiday / Michael Clarke (1954, 20 min.) -- The coasts of Clyde / James Ritchie (1959, 20 min.).

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