Established in April 1946, the Central Office of Information (COI) was the successor to the wartime Ministry of Information and went on to produce and distribute thousands of films for use across Britain, the Commonwealth and the world. Many famous names passed through the COI, including luminaries of the British documentary movement such as Paul Rotha, Humphrey Jennings and Lindsay Anderson, and in later years the likes of Hugh Hudson (Chariots of Fire) and Peter Greenaway (The Draughtsman's Contract). This collection brings together many of the COI's most loved (and in some cases feared) productions, including 'Design for Today', 'Apaches', 'Lonely Water' anti 'Charley's March of Time'. Also included are two previously unreleased COI classics, 'Smoking and You' and 'Waverley Steps'.
Searching (1974, 1 min) Meticulously planned and expertly executed by director John Krish, Searching won the COI a Golden Lion at Venice. It still hits hard and still hurts
Grain Drain (1975, 1 min) The perils of farmyard grain pits are laid bare in this filler that is simple yet terrifyingly effective
Tornado Trailer (1985, 2 mins) Cut together from the rushes of a longer COI film, Tornado, this adrenalin-filled two minutes features synth music by BAFTA-winning composer Chris Gunning
AIDS: Iceberg (1987, 1 min) Part of perhaps the most chilling government campaign ever made, this features music by the legendary Brian Eno and was directed by Nic Roeg (Don't Look Now)
This disc includes the following Films: - Children of the City (1944) - Brief City (1952) - Design for Today (1965) - Voyage North (1965) - Lonely Water (1973) - Drive Carefully, Darling (1975) - Apaches (1977) - Building Sites Bite (1978) - Insight: Zandra Rhodes (1981) - Special Features
This disc includes the following Films: - Your Children and You (1946) - Waverley Steps (1948) - Charley's March of Time (1948) - What a Life! (1948) - Another Case of Poisoning (1949) - Riding on Air (1959) - Smoking and You (1963) - The Poet's Eye (1964) - Opus (1967) - Never Go with Strangers (1971)