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Tessa Dunlop: The Home Front

A journey through BFI Player's The Home Front collection, by Tessa Dunlop, historian, journalist, presenter of BBC2's Coast and Radio 4’s Crossing Continents.

Happy Family
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Happy Family

War19399 mins

Summer 1939, and an ordinary family gets an alarming taste of war to come in this little-known Ealing Studios propaganda short.

Keep Them Safe, Keep Them Happy
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Keep Them Safe, Keep Them Happy

Charity appeal19392 minsSilent Location: Norwich

Sweet and touching wartime cinema appeal for 300,000 London children spending Christmas far from home.

London Can Take It!
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London Can Take It!

Government sponsored film19409 mins Location: London

Humphrey Jennings and Harry Watt’s famous GPO film is an enduring example of British self-mythology; a hymn to London’s resilience that helped persuade America to join the war.

Start a Land Club
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Start a Land Club

Government sponsored film19428 mins

The wartime potato shortage is addressed in this marvellous film from 1942 - exhorting workers and school children to lend a hand on local farms by joining Land Clubs.

Scotland Speaks
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Scotland Speaks

Documentary194120 mins Location: Stirling

Well-known landmarks such as Stirling Castle and Bannockburn fields feature in this propaganda film about Scotland during the Second World War.

V.E. Day May 8th & 9th 1945 – Thanksgiving Day May 14th 1945
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V.E. Day May 8th & 9th 1945 – Thanksgiving Day May 14th 1945

Amateur film194510 minsSilent Location: Gateshead

You can almost hear the cheers in this gorgeous silent film of VE day celebrations on the red, white and blue decked streets of Gateshead