A DAY IN THE LIFE (DVD + Blu-ray)
A film by John Krish
Winner - 'Best Documentary' Evening Standard Film Awards 2010
John Krish is one of British cinema's best-kept secrets: a master of post-war documentary filmmaking who repeatedly turned his works and commissions into truly stirring cinema.
This award-winning programme collects together four of Krish's most cherished films: The Elephant Will Never Forget (1953), a farewell to London's trams; They Took Us to the Sea (1961), a poignant record of a seaside outing for disadvantaged children; Our School (1962), charting the aspirations of the decade's young school-leavers; and I Think They Call Him John (1964) a deeply loving account of an elderly widower. Timelessly affecting and wonderfully entertaining these long lost films are truly worthy of rediscovery.
- Presented in both High Definition and Standard Definition
- I Want to Go to School (John Krish, 1959, 30 mins): a charming portrait of a typical day at primary school
- Mr Marsh Comes to School (John Krish, 1961, 28 mins); a distinctly unorthodox film for teenagers
- Interview with John Krish (2010, 19 mins, DVD only)
- illustrated booklet with notes and essays by Kevin Brownlow, John Krish, BFI curator Patrick Russell and others
UK | 1953 -1964 | black and white | English, optional hard-of-hearing subtitles on all films | 90 minutes | Original aspect ratio 1.33:1
Disc 1: BD50 | 1080p | 24fps | PCM mono audio (48k/24-bit)
Disc 2: DVD9 | PAL | PCM mono audio (48k/16-bit)
Region 0 PAL DVD
Region free Blu-ray
John Krish is one of British cinema s best-kept secrets: a master of post-war documentary filmmaking who repeatedly turned his works for sponsors as diverse at the Central Office of Information (COI) and the NSPCC into, not just effective non-fiction films, but truly stirring cinema to rank alongside the world s greatest directors. A Day in the Life collects together four of his most cherished films: The Elephant Will Never Forget (1953), Our School (1962), They Took Us to the Sea (1961), and I Think They Call Him John (1964).
In each of these films richly textured with the details of everyday post-war life Krish combines a deep belief in human beings with a compulsive desire to push the documentary form forward. This essential and critically acclaimed collection is supplemented with an interview with Krish, as well as with Krish s rarely seen films I Want to Go to School (1959) and Mr Marsh Comes to School (1961). Extra Features: Dual Format Edition: includes both Blu-ray and the DVD versions of all films; Interview with John Krish recorded in December 2010 at the BFI Southbank; Two bonus films by Krish: I Want to Go to School (1959, 30mins) and Mr Marsh Comes to School (1961, 28min); Transferred from best available film elements, preserved in the BFI National Archive, to High Definition