This is a uniquely valuable and fascinating film. Intended at the time for specialist viewing, its subject is the enormously important – and at the time forward-thinking – one of treatment of WWII serviceman and women experiencing what we’d today refer to as Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. A vital topic in itself, there’s one more twist to the film: it was shot in Technicolor (by legendary cinematographer Jack Cardiff).
It follows that the project was a major investment on the part of the Central Office of Information, then in its first year of operation, and an ambitious step in exploring the relationship between documentary form and use, a central aim of the ‘British Documentary Film Movement’, on the part of The Realist Film Unit, one of the production companies at the core of that movement.
This government film is a public record, preserved and presented by the BFI National Archive on behalf of The National Archives, home to more than 1,000 years of British history.