WORK PARTY

Len Lye


F.: A. E. Jeakins; Sound and music editor: Ernst Meyer; Int.: The Herrick family; Prod.: John Taylor, per Realist Film Unit; 35mm. D.: 6’ a 24 f/s. Bn.

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T. it.: Italian title. T. int.: International title. T. alt.: Alternative title. Sog.: Story. Scen.: Screenplay. F.: Cinematography. M.: Editing. Scgf.: Set Design. Mus.: Music. Int.: Cast. Prod.: Production Company. L.: Length. D.: Running Time. f/s: Frames per second. Bn.: Black e White. Col.: Color. Da: Print source

Film Notes

Camera tricks are largely forgotten in this wartime peep at the home life of a family in Hayes, in the suburban outskirts of London. Three of them work in a munitions factory, manufacturing guns and shells; the day Lye’s film documents is May Herrick’s 21st birthday, and her first day working at the factory. At the end comes a slogan (“The munitions industry needs more women now”), but the film’s value is as a slice of home-front life, not as a recruiting poster.

Geoff Brown

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