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'Travelling For A Living' free on BFI

GUEST,CJB 23 Mar 18 - 04:52 AM
GUEST,matt milton 23 Mar 18 - 06:06 AM
Dave Hanson 23 Mar 18 - 07:10 AM
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Subject: 'Travelling For A Living' free on BFI
Date: 23 Mar 18 - 04:52 AM

"Travelling For A Living" the film about The Watersons is available for free viewing on the BFI site.

"These are the Watersons, a very important part of the revival of traditional British music. They live in Hull." A British road movie of sorts, this rich and vital film follows the group on the folk club circuit, at home and in studios. It's rewarding on several levels - whether your main interest is Hull, the folk revival or documentary filmmaking - and repays repeated viewings. Seminal and superb.

Though not entirely above romanticism (Humberside isn't quite Yorkshire's answer to the Mississippi Delta), nor occasional swipes at 'pop' folk (B. Dylan included), the film, and the group, are admirably clear-eyed about English folk music: not a 'living form', only its 'still warm ashes'. Heading his own small production company, director Derrick Knight was a significant and underrated filmmaker who played a part in modernising British documentary's style. Though not pure 'direct cinema' (it has a narrator), this film is influenced by innovative French and American techniques: shooting on location with a lightweight easily moveable 16mm camera, avoiding artificial lighting and capturing sound in synch with picture. His company also crossed the boundaries between film and TV - by independently producing films broadcast on the box it was well ahead of its time.

This one was shown on BBC2 on 21 May 1966, at 8:50pm.

Released 1966
Country United Kingdom
Location Kingston upon Hull


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Subject: RE: 'Travelling For A Living' free on BFI
From: GUEST,matt milton
Date: 23 Mar 18 - 06:06 AM

wow great! thanks so much

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Subject: RE: 'Travelling For A Living' free on BFI
From: Dave Hanson
Date: 23 Mar 18 - 07:10 AM

You get a copy of this on DVD with the Watersons collection, A Mighty River Of Song.

Dave H

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