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Spare Time

A rare glimpse into the leisure pursuits of ordinary people in pre-war Britain.

Documentary 1939 14 mins

Overview

Humphrey Jennings epitomises the artist-filmmaker and this poetic evocation of ordinary people enjoying well-earned time away from the mill, mine, or foundry is a forerunner to Jennings’ later wartime greats such as Listen to Britain. Joyous shots of people either pigeon fancying, ballroom dancing or swigging a pint down the local in in Sheffield, Manchester, Bolton and Pontypridd are edited with grace and surrealism-infused wit.

Spare Time is also available on the BFI DVD set The GPO Film Unit Collection Volume Three: If War Should Come.