Humphrey Jennings Volume 1:
The First Days (1934-1940)
2 discs, 1 DVD and 1 Blu-Ray £15.00 Colour & Black & White; Optional subtitles; Running time approx: 211 minutes.
Volume 1 gathers together 14 films from 1934-1940 and provides a fascinating insight into Jennings’ early days as a filmmaker, learning and developing his craft. Features include the acclaimed Spare Time and London Can Take It! as well as previously neglected works, many of which are available for the first time since their release.
Films: Post Haste (1934) Locomotives (1934) The Story of the Wheel (1934) Farewell Topsails (1937) Penny Journey (1938) Speaking from
America (1938) The Farm (1938) Making Fashion (1938) Spare Time (1939) SS Ionian (1939) The First Days (1939) Spring Offensive (1940) Welfare of the Workers (1940) London Can Take It! (1940)
Extras: The Birth of the Robot (1936): a Len Lye film for Shell on which Jennings worked. English Harvest (1939): alternative cut of The Farm. Cargoes (1940): alternative cut of SS Ionian. Britain Can Take It! (1940) alternative cut of London Can Take It!
Illustrated booklet with essays and film credits.
From the British Film Institute, One of Britain’s GREATEST Filmmakers
Widely considered to be one of Britain’s greatest filmmakers, Humphrey Jennings has long been celebrated as the director of works which capture everyday heroism in times of war and peace. Born in Walberswick, Suffolk on 19th August 1907 he was not only a filmmaker but a photographer, literary critic, theatrical designer, poet, painter and theorist of modern art. He died on 24th September 1950 in an accident in Greece, while preparing for a film.