Wakefield Express: the portrait of a newspaper

United States, 1952

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Commissioned to celebrate the Wakefield Express newspaper’s fiftieth anniversary. It presents the history and the daily operation of the paper and devotes a central sequence to the subjects which occupy the reporters on the Express and its associated newspapers, the communal life of a group of towns in the West Riding of Yorkshire. We see a training session of the Wakefield Trinity, the local rugby team, and a school concert; a constituency political meeting and the launching of a ship; a carnival in Pontefract; the unveiling of a war memorial in Sharlston. But there is nothing of the impartiality of the “general survey” about the film’s approach: it brings enough concern to the communal activities to view them, in turn, with affection and irony, exasperation and respect. Commentary by George Pootts; camera by Walter Lassally.

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Wakefield Express


Michael Robinson


Lindsay Anderson



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

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

Advertising, Film, Journalism, Mass Media & TV → Reporters and reporting

Anthropology, Ethnology, Exploration & Travel → Great Britain - Social life and customs

Anthropology, Ethnology, Exploration & Travel → Yorkshire (England)


Documentary → Documentary films - Great Britain

Economics, Philosophy, Politics, Religion & Sociology → Community life

History → History

Places → Yorkshire (England)

Short films

Short films → Short films - United States




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16mm film; Access Print (Section 1)

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