on 9 October 2010
DISC 1: THE ISLAND
David (Paul Dickson, 1951, 38 mins)
To Be A Woman (Jill Craigie, 1951, 18 mins)
The Island (Peter Pickering, 1952, 25 mins)
The Elephant will Never Forget (John Krish, 1953, 10 mins)
Sunday by the Sea (Anthony Simmons, 1953, 13 mins)
Henry (Lindsay Anderson, 1955, 4 mins)
Foot and Mouth (Lindsay Anderson, 1955, 20 mins)
Birthright (Sarah Erulkar, 1958, 25 mins)
They Took Us To The Sea (John Krish, 1961, 26 mins)
Faces of Harlow (Derrick Knight, 1964, 30 mins)
DISC 2: RETURN TO LIFE
Thursday's Children (Lindsay Anderson & Guy Brenton, 1954, 20 mins)
There Was a Door... (Derek Williams, 1957, 30 mins)
People Apart (Guy Brenton, 1957, 36 mins)
Return to Life (John Krish, 1960, 29 mins)
Four People (Guy Brenton, 1962, 41 mins)
A Time to Heal (Derrick Knight, 1963, 40 mins)
Time Out of Mind (Eric Marquis, 1968, 38 mins)
DISC 3: THE SHADOW OF PROGRESS
Three Installations (Lindsay Anderson, 1952, 23 mins)
The Film That Never Was (Paul Dickson, 1957, 30 mins)
Stone into Steel (Paul Dickson, 1960, 37 mins)
From First to Last (Anthony Simmons, 1962, 30 mins)
People, Productivity and Change (Peter Bradford, 1963, 44 mins)
Shellarama (Richard Cawston, 1965, 14 mins)
Picture to Post (Sarah Erulkar, 1969, 23 mins)
The Shadow of Progress (Derek Williams, 1970, 26 mins)
DISC 4: TODAY IN BRITAIN
Today in Britain (Peter Hopkinson, 1964, 19 mins)
I Think They Call Him John (John Krish, 1964, 28 mins)
Portrait of Queenie (Michael Orrom, 1964, 46 mins)
Education for the Future (Derrick Knight, 1967, 10 mins)
Tomorrow's Merseysiders (Eric Marquis, 1974, 25 mins)
Time of Terror (Eric Marquis, 1975, 18 mins)
The Shetland Experience (Derek Williams, 1977, 27 mins)
There's also a new 42-minute documentary, 'Perspectives on Documentary Filmmaking' that interviews half a dozen of the filmmakers mentioned above.
I have to declare an interest in that I was one of the contributors to the accompanying 100-page booklet, but Amazon insists that all reviews have star ratings attached. That said, I'm pretty confident that this won't be the only five-star one when it's released: it really is an extraordinary collection, fully up to the curatorial standards of its predecessor 'Land of Promise'.
on 5 December 2010
i'm a bit of a documentary fiend and up till a few years ago existed on a diet of shark / hitler / serial killer / cannibal programmes......oh dear !
thankfully after watching ''the tribe that hides from man'' i came to the conclusion that much of the best work was created decades ago.
''world in action'' and ''whickers world'' were quickly devoured ( there i go thinking i'm a shark )
i have collected many dvd's made by BFI and see them as a national treasure in themselves , the USA has ''criterion'' we have both BFI and EUREKA as producers of top quality product.
shadows of progress i consider the finest documentary collection currently available.
it is a real mixed bag of subjects , many subjects i truely believed i would find dull but no , every one held my interest.
''Thursday's Children'' i thought was just amazing , it touched upon the full range of emotions.....i didn't expect to laugh though......it was during a very un-pc moment that wouldn't be broadcast these days !
i must mention ''The Elephant Will Never Forget'' it had me blubbing like a child.....at the demise of a tram of all things.
the boxset is top value considering the quality and quantity of documentaries included , the book is first class and very informative.
anyone reading this who like me watches : shark / hitler / serial killer / cannibal docs , please give this a try you will be surprised !
thanks mr brooke and everyone else at BFI for releasing these fabulous films to the public.