Shipyard

United Kingdom, 1934

Film
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An outstanding early British documentary made by Rotha and sponsored by the Orient line. Remarkable for its fine photography and editing techniques especially the use of combined dissolves and superimposition to develop two associated ideas simultaneously (influenced by early Soviet filmmaking principles). Describes the building of the steamship “Orion” at Barrow-in-Furness and its economic effects on the life of the town, making particularly effective use of the local dialect (the film unit were noted for their attempt to show the working class under a positive light). Written and edited by Paul Rotha; photography by George Pocknall, Frank Bundy, Frank Goodliffe and Harry Rignold.

Credits

director

Paul Rotha

production company

Gaumont-British Instructional

Language

English

Duration

00:24:53:00

Colour

Black and White

ACMI Identifier

28486

Subject categories

Advertising, Film, Journalism, Mass Media & TV → Cinematography

Advertising, Film, Journalism, Mass Media & TV → Cinematography - Special effects

Advertising, Film, Journalism, Mass Media & TV → Motion pictures - Editing

Agriculture, Business, Commerce & Industry → Ship-building

Anthropology, Ethnology, Exploration & Travel → Cities and towns - Great Britain

Communications, Infrastructure, & Transport → Ship-building

Communications, Infrastructure, & Transport → Ship-building - Great Britain

Communications, Infrastructure, & Transport → Transportation - Great Britain

Crafts & Visual Arts → Documentary photography

Documentary

Documentary → Documentary films - Great Britain

Economics, Philosophy, Politics, Religion & Sociology → Great Britain - Economic conditions

Places → Cities and towns - Great Britain

Short films

Short films → Short films - Great Britain

Sound/audio

Sound

Holdings

16mm film; Access Print (Section 1)

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