|The GPO Film Unit
Pioneering classic documentaries
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The GPO Film Unit
Producing well known classics such as 'Night Mail' the GPO Film Unit was established in 1933. In 1940 it was renamed the Crown Film Unit following its transfer to the Ministry of Information.
See also Ministry of Information.
As a public service, the GPO continued to have educational films commissioned both for its own staff training and to inform its customers.
During the 1980s, videos produced by the GPO Film Unit could be loaned to schools and individuals for a moderate cost. Selected videos were also available on sell-through. A selection from the 'Britain in the Thirties' series are illustrated below.
The Catalogue (1991/92)
The Post Office’s Film Unit Gets A Blue Plaque: [15/09/2000]
"The building which housed the former studios of The Post Office’s Film Unit during the 1930s, where the ground-breaking film "Night Mail" was made, is to be given an English Heritage Blue Plaque.
The blue plaque will be unveiled on September 29, 2000 at the old Blackheath Art Club building, 47 Bennett Park, Blackheath Village, South East London, to mark its use between 1933 to 1943 as the studios of the then GPO (later Crown) Film Unit.
John Grierson and his colleagues at the Film Unit during the 1930s, are credited with coining the phrase "documentary" with their gritty realism, pioneering the genre. It was Grierson’s idea to link the "Night Mail" train to the people it serves, incorporating music by Benjamin Britten and commissioning verse by WH Auden, giving the film its distinctive character."
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