BRITAIN CAN TAKE IT
- the myth and reality of British wartime documentary propaganda on October 21st - 23rd October 2011. This is a weekend course at Madingley Hall, Cambridge, during which we will consider some of the images produced by the GPO film unit and its successor, the Crown Film Unit, during the first two years of war - 1939-1941 - which include the 'Phoney War', the fall of France, Dunkirk, the Battle of Britain and the Blitz. We will be looking at the images they produced and asking whether they reflected the experience of people at the time. Most of the films we will consider are short - 5 to 25 minutes in length - as they were designed to be shown during the intermission in the standard cinema programme, but there will also be a screening in full of Noel Coward's 'In which we serve' so that we might consider the relationship, in film, between the Home Front and the fighting front, in this case, the Royal Navy. This course is hosted by the University of Cambridge, Institute of Continuing Education.