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Summary: "One of a film series about jobs after the war." In this case, agricultural workers.
Description: A war agricultural committee man is advising a townsman Lance Corporal who has expressed interest in agriculture - they visit various farms, meeting a smallholder, labourer and land army girl etc. The Lance Corporal's initial optimistic dream of "a bit of land of my own" is dispelled by the smallholder, who explains the risks and difficulties especially for the inexperienced. The example of the labourer and the experience of the land girl are used to examine a more realistic starting point - the expert is anxious that the Lance Corporal should have no illusions, and in conversation reasserts the lessons and adds explanations about wages, training etc. The constantly repeated message is that farming is not easy, for the worker or his family (hard work, long hours, 7 day week, loneliness): in short - "a simple, hard life. It either suits you or it doesn't - if it does, well, it's the best life in the world."
Production Details: Ministry of Labour (Production sponsor)
Ministry of Information (Production sponsor)
Ministry of Agriculture (Production sponsor)
Crown Film Unit (Production company)
Gordon, M (Production individual)
Wright, Basil19071987 (Production individual)
Personalities, Units and Organisations:
Keywords: agriculture, British - arable (object name)
economics, British national - employment: agricultural workers (object name)
Physical Characteristics: Colour format: B&W
Sound format: Sound
Soundtrack language: English
Title language: English
Subtitle language: None
Technical Details: Format: 35mm
Number of items/reels/tapes: 2
Footage: 1890 ft; Running time: 21 mins
Notes: Remarks: an interesting insight into several aspects of life at the time.