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Report on Steel 1948

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Report on Steel 1948

10 mins United Kingdom Director. Michael Orrom

"Steel is wanted everywhere". The spectacle of steel production is beautifully captured in this industrial short, commissioned by the Central Office of Information as part of a wider campaign to set the wheels of industry turning in the aftermath of World War Two. Men are shown working around the clock in Corby, Northamptonshire, in a concerted effort to meet the high demand for steel at home and abroad.

This was the directorial debut of Michael Orrom, an underrated figure in postwar documentary, and prefigures his later triumphs in the industrial film genre. It was produced by the Documentary and Technicians Alliance (DATA), and bears many of the hallmarks of the pithy industry-themed Mining Reviews that became the mainstay of that unit's output. Malcolm Arnold's syncopated score and cinema atographer Wolfgang Suschitzky's arresting visuals heighten the sense of drama.

Directed by

Michael Orrom

Tags

Factories Economics Nationalisation Manufacturing processes British Steel Steel Industries, trades and crafts

Collection

Steel on Film

Released

1948

Country

United Kingdom

Language

English

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