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This Town 1969

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This Town 1969

20 mins United Kingdom Director. Hugh Evans

An impressionistic portrait of Halifax, focusing on the large-scale demolition of old housing stock and remnants of the town’s industrial factories. Despite the promises of reconstruction and the relocation of many residents to suburban areas, we witness the deprivation that still persists when the film was made in 1969.

Benefitting from the funding of the BFI Production Board (intended to subsidise experimental and other non-commercial filmmaking), director Hugh Evans eschews commentary in favour of natural sounds and a rendition of a 19th century folksong, "Poverty Knock".

Directed by

Hugh Evans

Genres

Documentary

Collection

Shorts

Released

1969

Country

United Kingdom

Language

English

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