- Title: THE HEART OF BRITAIN [Main Title]
- Film Number: UKY 269
- Other titles:
- Summary: The industrial North and Midlands in Wartime.
- Description: Opening views of countryside and cathedrals followed, for contrast, by industry. Sheffield (steelworkers, interview with one who is also an ARP warden). Lancashire (cotton workers, interview with roof-spotters). Liverpool ARP squad practice rescue work, women workers type, sort clothes. The "simplest, most difficult task of all" is described as "just staying put". Textile workers playing party-games in air-raid shelter, a Halle orchestra concert in Manchester conducted by Sir Malcolm Sargent, Coventry bomb damage (with an interview with a WVS worker). Huddersfield choir shown, singing Handel's 'Messiah': "People who sing like that in times like these cannot be beaten." Film ends with a sequence based on the construction of a Whitley bomber to show Britain's power to hit back - "No-one with impunity troubles the heart of Britain."
- Access Conditions: IWM Attribution: © IWM
- Featured Period: 1939-1945
- Production Date: 1941-02
- Production Country: GB
- Production Details: Ministry of Information (Production sponsor) Crown Film Unit (Production company) Jennings, Humphrey (Production individual) Dalrymple, Ian Murray1903-08-261989-03-28 (Production individual) McAllister, Stewart (Production individual) Fowle, H E (Production individual) Holmes, Jack (Production cast)
- Personalities, Units and Organisations: Sargent, Harold Malcolm Watts (person) Air Raid Precautions (ARP) (regiment/service) Halle Orchestra (regiment/service) Women's Voluntary Service (regiment/service)
- Keywords: aircraft, British - combat: Armstrong Whitworth Whitley (object name) arts, British - music: Handel, G F & Messiah (object name) destruction, British military - area: bomb (object name) industry, British - aircraft: Armstrong Whitworth Whitley (object name) industry, British - clothing: textiles (object name) industry, British - primary: steel (object name) propaganda, British - inspirational (object name) society, British - music: concert (object name) society, British - precautionary: Air Raid Precautions (object name) Coventry, Warwickshire, England, UK (geography) Leeds, Yorkshire, England, UK (geography) Liverpool, Merseyside, England, UK (geography) Manchester, Lancashire, England, UK (geography) Sheffield, Yorkshire, England, UK (geography)
- 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: 1 Footage: 825 ft; Running time: 9 mins
- Notes: Credits: listings taken from "British Official Films in the Second World War: A Descriptive Catalogue" by Frances Thorpe and Nicholas Pronay, p 81. Technical: copy number 2 has some extra scenes; the version catalogued, however, appears to be the one released, and all the master material is cut to this (shorter) version.
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Related IWM Collections Objects:
EXH 109 (LISTENING TO BRITAIN [Main Title])