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Documentary Government sponsored film
Commissioned by the Ministry of Information, the film has a clear, if gentle, propagandist purpose. The evacuation of city dwellers to countryside ‘safe havens’ was organised on a massive scale, with official reports estimating some six million people affected nationwide. It often meant a first exposure to rural lifestyles for urban folk, while country dwellers had to adjust to city attitudes. With war raging and invasion still a real fear, it was crucial to unite the two communities in a common goal.
Clumsily scripted in parts – particularly in the closing scenes in which the women espouse the WI ‘party line’ – the film has a charm which might be lacking in a more sophisticated production. Producer Paul Rotha was an adviser to the MOI on the use of propaganda films, and made numerous films for the civilian war effort.