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Cotton Come Back
Cotton Come Back

Cotton Come Back 1946

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Cotton Come Back 1946

26 mins United Kingdom Director. Donald Alexander

This evocative post-war plea from the Ministry of Labour stakes a claim for the continuing relevance of the cotton industry. Structured as an argument between a cynical father and his two daughters, both fervent champions of the newly modernised mills, Donald Alexander’s film aims to illustrate the rebirth of an industry perceived to be in decline following its industrial revolution heyday.

Shot on location in Shaw, Oldham and Rochdale, using ‘real people’ to enact the story, Cotton Come Back was one of several postwar recruitment films sponsored by the Board of Trade and Ministry of Labour, designed to revivify trade and encourage workers back into industry.

Cotton Come Back is also available on the BFI DVD collection Land of Promise: The British Documentary Movement 1930-1950.

Directed by

Donald Alexander

Collection

Textiles on Film

Released

1946

Country

United Kingdom

Language

English

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