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A Day in the Life (BFI) in March

Winner of the Evening Standard Film Award for Best Documentary on Monday night and fresh from a triumphant theatrical release in November 2010, 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 2011 with extras including two previously unreleased films and a director interview.

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.

Features include:

  • 1.33:1 / English HOH subtitles / Region 0
  • All films transferred from elements preserved in the BFI National Archive, and presented in both High Definition and Standard Definition (Blu-ray and DVD)
  • I Want to Go to School (John Krish, 1959, 30 mins): a charming portrait of a typical day at a primary school, made for the NUT
  • Mr Marsh Comes to School (John Krish, 1961, 28 mins): a distinctly unorthodox film for teenagers, featuring a supernaturally talented Youth Employment Officer
  • New interview with John Krish at BFI Southbank (2010, 19 mins, DVD only)
  • Illustrated booklet with film notes and essays by John Krish, Kevin Brownlow, BFI Senior Curator (Non Fiction) Patrick Russell and others

RRP is £19.99.


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