Rent Tales from the Shipyard (1974)

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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) - the only film Connery has ever 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 charts Britain's shipbuilding heritage through famous documentaries, little-known cinematic gems, and emotive actuality films.
The early silent films on this set feature newly commissioned, semi-improvised piano scores by the acclaimed film pianist, Stephen Horne.
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Sean Connery, Bryan Izzard, Allan Crick, John Halas, William Weedon, Anthony Gilkison
Narrated By:
Bryden Murdoch, Kenneth Kendall, Tim Brinton
Allan Crick, Bob Privett, Jack Howells, John Grierson, Clifford Hanley, Tim Brinton, Patrick Magee
Tales from the Shipyard: Britain's Shipbuilding Heritage on Film
BFI Video
Classics, Documentary, Special Interest
Release Date:
Run Time:
314 minutes
English Dolby Digital 1.0 Mono, Silent
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Aspect Ratio:
Full Screen 1.33:1 / 4:3
Colour and B & W
  • New piano scores by Stephen Horne for the silent films
  • Interview with Sean Connery (1967, 10 mins, extract): previously unseen archive interview in which the actor discusses his views on labour relations, after making 'The Bowler and the Bunnet'
Disc 1:
This disc includes the following:
- The Launch of HMS Albion at Blackewall (1898)
- Employees Leaving Messrs Vickers and Maxim's in Barrow (1901)
- Workforce of Scott & Co. Shipyard, Greenock (1901)
- The Launch of HMS Dominion (1903)
- King Edward VII Launches HMS Dreadnought from Portsmouth Dockyard (1906)
- SS Olympic (1910)
- The Launch of HMS Lowestoft (1913)
- Visit of Their Majesties the King and Queen to the North-East Coast Ship-building and Engineering Works on the Wear (1917)
- RMS Queen Mary Leaves the Clyde (1936)
- Shipyard (1935)
- Chains (1939)
- Tyneside (1941)
- Steel Goes to Sea (1941)
- The Little Ships of England (1943)
- 'Shipyard for Colliers' from Mining Review 2nd Year No.3 (1948)
- Berth 24 (1950)
Disc 2:
This disc includes the following:
- We've Come a Long Way (1951)
- The Sea Shall Test Her (1954)
- Seawards the Great Ships (1960)
- A Great Ship (1962)
- The Bowler and the Bunnet (1967)
- UCS 1 (1971)
- Launch (1974)

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