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British Women's Volunteer Army (Land Workers' Section)
British Women's Volunteer Army (Land Workers' Section)

British Women's Volunteer Army (Land Workers' Section) 1917

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British Women's Volunteer Army (Land Workers' Section) 1917

14 mins United Kingdom

Screen stars Violet Hopson and Ivy Close leave their glamorous Kensington lifestyles behind to join the Women's Land Army - and they're not afraid to get their hands dirty. The film boasts high production values and the use of celebrity is a savvy marketing ploy. The actresses, who would have been instantly recognisable to contemporary audiences, would no doubt have inspired many a woman to follow in their footsteps.

A small section at the beginning of the film is sadly marred by decomposition, but look out for the innovative superimposed imagery of women agricultural workers towards the end of the film. The producers of the film, Broadwest Film Company, were better known for the clutch of feature films they made between 1915 and 1921, such as Missing the Tide (1918), in which both Violet Hopson and Ivy Close starred. The Women's Land Army was established in 1917, the year this film was made, to counter the effects of Germany’s food blockades. It proved vital to the Allies' victory and was re-established shortly before the outbreak of WWII.

Genres

Documentary Government sponsored film

Tags

World War I Women's Land Army War effort Bread Farming

Collection

1917 on film

Released

1917

Country

United Kingdom

Language

English

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