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This review is from: Electric Edwardians - The Films of Mitchell and Kenyon  [DVD] (DVD)
I saw parts of this film when Vanessa Toulmin did a show last year at the Dukes in Lancaster. There is something very eerie yet wonderful about seeing people from over 100 years ago moving around, laughing, joking and gesturing. There is a lot of humour (which we don't often see in the photographs of the time) in these clips especially from the children, and the clarity of some of the images is amazing.
Also of note are the extras, it was amazing to see the Barrow in Furness (my hometown) film of the Jute and Flax Works... I wish they had included the shipyard gate scene that we saw snippets of in the BBC documentary... I really hope they make this available somehow.. its part of my heritage as an ex plater/shipwright! :-)
Vanessas voiceover really helps with providing some context to the clips and the music is nice in a bit of Steve Reich/Philip Glass way.
On the other hand, the rather overly grandiose and waffly academic tone over the extras section (recited by Paul McGann) doesn't add anything at all. I'd have loved to have known more about the clips themselves.
But overall this is a wonderful slice of UK history from 100 years ago. Lets hope more get released in the future... especially the shipyard scenes! :-)