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 moving account of an elderly widower. Timelessly affecting and wonderfully entertaining, these long lost films are truly worthy of rediscovery.
Good, but not quite as good as you'd hope
- A Day in the Life: Four Portraits of Post War Britain by John Krish review by hooeboy
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This collection of four documentaries from 1950s England promises much and delivers some interesting insights into life during that period. The subjects are: the last trams in London, an orphans' trip to Westonsupermare, an account of a secondary modern school and the day-to-day life of an elderly widowed man. The first film has some truly mazing scenes of street life and the architectural ecology of '50s London. The other three films just bring home how drab and mean life was in post-War England. The films illustrate what life was like: poor [albeit sufficient] food, people speaking in either clipped, poncy-twitty accents or else in 'gor-blimey' vernacular and the lack of any concept of dressing casually and comfortably. The final film about the elderly widower living on his own in a council flat was so depressing I couldn't watch all of it.