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Employees Leaving Alexandra Docks, Liverpool
Employees Leaving Alexandra Docks, Liverpool

Employees Leaving Alexandra Docks, Liverpool 1901

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Employees Leaving Alexandra Docks, Liverpool 1901

4 mins United Kingdom

At the turn of the 20th century, Britain's shipbuilding yards were the envy of the world. Docks in Liverpool and elsewhere were twice as productive as their American counterparts. The steel columns of the overhead railway, the famous 'dockers umbrella', make this unmistakeably Liverpool. The workers weave through the oncoming traffic towards the camera, a hard day's labour etched in their faces.

Like most of Mitchell & Kenyon's commissioned work, the emphasis here is on capturing as many of the faces of these potential filmgoers as possible as they go about their business. This film, though, is less effectively stage-managed than others. The workers trickle rather than flood past the camera, and at one point two carts, loaded with sacks, stop in mid-frame, blocking much of the view.

Genres

Non-Fiction

Tags

Dockers Liverpool

Collection

Edwardians at Work

Released

1901

Country

United Kingdom

Language

English

Production company

Mitchell and Kenyon

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