BFI Documentary STEEL – A CENTURY OF STEELMAKING ON FILM (E) out on dvd

Image STEEL – A CENTURY OF STEELMAKING ON FILM (E)         £24.99
Collection of 23 documentaries, animations and short films from the 20th century which illustrate the history of Britain’s steel industry.

The stunning cinematography of Jack Cardiff in Steel (1945, dir Ronald Riley, 35min), forms the centrepiece of the dvd . The film has benefiting from pioneering digital restoration techniques making Steel  a dazzling Technicolor spotlight on skilled craftsmen who devoted their working lives to steel.  Shot in locations including Sheffield, Ebbw Vale and Glasgow.

The programme also features early footage of steelworkers at Parkgate Iron & Steel Co, Rotherham (1901) in feisty form; and the hair-raising Building of the New Tyne Bridge (1928, extract). The witty animation River of Steel (1951, dir Peter Sachs, extract) shows how we all depend on steel.

Presented by scientist and broadcaster Mark Miodownik and Mason Cardiff, son of Jack Cardiff.

DVD available at – https://sites.google.com/site/worldonlinecinema/Home/documentaries

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