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The Face of Change
The Face of Change

The Face of Change 1976

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The Face of Change 1976

26 mins United Kingdom Director. David Williams, Robert Malcolm

"Solutions may not always be easy." This film from British Steel, produced three years into the nationalised corporation's Ten Year Development Strategy, is the work of a major industry responding to recession with contraction - at a human cost. Many places on the UK metals map are cited: Redcar, Hartlepool, Scunthorpe, and above all Ebbw Vale, a plant facing partial closure where much of the film is shot.

As the corporate communication of an industry in difficulty, this fascinating film has a tricky balancing act on its hands. It aims to be frank with its viewers, to acknowledge their scepticism and even hostility, but at the same time to give them hope by extolling measures in place to assist affected staff via employment counselling and re-training. With its low-key televisual production style, and downbeat images of huge cooling towers being demolished, The Face of Change feels unmistakeably autumnal. We're a world away from the romantic sweep and bombast of the big industrial documentaries of earlier decades (like for instance the 1963/1968 film Listen to Steel - also on BFI Player - made for the industry by the same production company, Interfilm).

Directed by

David Williams

Robert Malcolm

Featuring

David Williams

Genres

Documentary

Tags

British Steel Steel Redundancy Business closure

Collection

Steel on Film

Released

1976

Country

United Kingdom

Language

English

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