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Public information films

Snow

I was looking on YouTube for music by Daphne Oram, the pioneering electronic musician who invented the Oramics machine. What I found was this fabulous film called Snow. Daphne Oram contributed electronic effects to the music by Johnny Hawksworth. The film is by Geoffrey Jones. Here’s what the BFI has to say about it: Comprising […]

New towns

I have been looking at some old films about new towns. I am always fascinated by these films. Their unflinching optimism is striking. Was the hope matched by the reality? Probably not. From 1948, this is Charley in New Town. Even better is this beaming appraisal of newly-built Stevanage, made in 1959. I particularly love […]