In preparation for the celebration of the 1951 Festival of Britain, this short film was released to assure British citizens of their nation’s place in the world and of their own places within that nation.
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Lindsay Anderson was right: Jennings was a filmic poet of Great Britain. The beautiful scantion of his married image, sound and narration is just so seemingly effortless & clear sighted in its patrician certainties. Short of a chorus of Rule Britannia this is a neatly subjective selective history which wears its commissioned status lightly. He was a tragic loss to cinema not just the British documentary school.