December 4, 2016

A Day in the Life: Four Portraits of Post-War Britain by John Krish

Winner of the Evening Standard Film Award for Best Documentary on Monday night and fresh from a triumphant nationwide theatrical release last November as part of the BFI’s Boom Britain project, A Day in the Life: Four Portraits of Post-War Britain by John Krish is released in a Dual Format Edition by the BFI on 28 March with extras including two previously unreleased films and a new interview with John Krish.

Until last autumn, John Krish was one of British cinema’s best-kept secrets: an unsung master of post-war documentary filmmaking who repeatedly turned his works, for sponsors as diverse as the Central Office of Information and the NSPCC, into truly stirring cinema to rank alongside the world’s greatest directors. Both critical and audience reaction to A Day in the Life: Four Portraits of Post-War Britain has deservedly brought long-overdue recognition to this most modest but brilliant of filmmakers.

This celebrated programme contains four of Krish’s most cherished films: The Elephant Will Never Forget (1953), a poetic farewell to London’s trams; They Took Us to the Sea (1961), a poignant record of a seaside outing for disadvantaged children; Our School (1962), charting the beliefs of educators, and the aspirations of the decade’s young school-leavers; and I Think They Call Him John (1964), a deeply moving account of the life of an elderly widower.


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