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Sea Harvest

Finely photographed documentary about the Lowestoft herring industry.

Documentary 1938 17 mins


This finely photographed documentary about the herring industry operating from Lowestoft includes sequences shot on board drifters and dockside scenes. The fishing industry inspired numerous non-fiction films, and the little-known Sea Harvest makes a fascinating companion piece to John Grierson’s very famous Drifters (1929).

Unlike Drifters, it was produced in the commercial film industry rather than public service; it’s unpretentious but graced with evocative camerawork.