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Britain’s shipbuilding heritage on film! This two disc collection features a wealth of rare and highly evocative films, including the Oscar-winning Seawards the Great Ships (Hilary Harris, 1960), Shipyard (Paul Rotha, 1935) and King George V and Queen Mary’s morale-boosting trip to Northern England’s shipyards towards the end of the Great War. Includes fully illustrated booklet.
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From scenes of jubilant workers celebrating spectacular launches in the early 1900s to King George V and Queen Mary’s morale-boosting trip to Northern England’s shipyards at the tail end of the Great War; from Sean Connery’s perspective on Glasgow’s industrial relations in The Bowler and the Bunnet (1967) – which he also directed – to lyrical documentaries in celebration of industrial might such as Shipyard (Paul Rotha, 1935) and the Oscar-winning Seawards the Great Ships (Hilary Harris, 1960), this collection celebrates Britain’s shipbuilding heritage through celebrated documentaries, lesser-known cinematic gems and emotive actuality films. The early silent films on this set feature newly-commissioned, semi-improvised piano scores by the celebrated silent film pianist, Stephen Horne. This DVD is the second of the BFI’s series celebrating Britain’s industrial heritage, following Portrait of a Miner: National Coal Board Collection Volume 1.