Sunday, 31 July 2011

Young and Hodgson's The Doomsday Clock

Backed by the United Nations, Susan Young and Jonathan Hodgson's The Doomsday Clock is a film on the subject of nuclear, belonging to the same cycle of dire warnings as A Short Vision and When the Wind Blows but with a more optimistic conclusion. An excerpt can be viewed online here.

Saturday, 23 July 2011

George Dunning's Hands, Knees and Bumps a Daisy

Made for the National Coal Board, George Dunning's 1969 short Hands, Knees and Bumps a Daisy is an instructional film informing miners of the importance of gloves and kneepads. Well, the first two thirds are, anyway - the final portion of the film is an almost unrelated comedy skit featuring a stripper.

The instructional portion of the film is narrated by Stanley Unwin in his unique brand of semi-nonsense ("Now today, fellow blokers and worklemates, we're going to do a chitty-chat about the hands and the deep importload of the protecting of those hands by the wearing of the safety glovery, oh yes"). More on the short can be read at Screenonline.