Director: various

UK 1931-1950 | Black & white and colour | 674 mins + 60 minutes approx extra material | Documentary

Avaliable on: DVD

Featuring 40 films over four DVDs, this extensive collection is a major retrospective of the British documentary film movement during its period of greatest influence. These films – many of which are being made available here for the first time since their original release – capture the spirit and strength, concerns and resolve of Britain and its people before, during and after the Second World War. The collection contains classic and lesser-known films including Rotha's Shipyard (1935), Elton's Housing Problems (1935) Jennings' Words for Battle (1941), Listen to Britain (1942), and the emotive A Diary for Timothy (1946). Also featured are films from directors such as Ruby Grierson (Today We Live, 1937), Basil Wright (Children at School, 1937), Paul Dickson (The Undefeated, 1950) and Donald Alexander (Five and Under, 1941).