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Ian McShane narrates How We Used To Live

4 October 2013 11:11 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Paul Kelly’s London film draws from BFI National Archive.

Ian McShane narrates How We Used To Live, Paul Kelly’s film that has its world premiere at the BFI London FIlm Festival.

Heavenly Films and Bedlam Productions present the film.

It is described as “a unique celebration of post-war London.” Director Kelly uses rare footage from the BFI National Archive to look at London from 1950-1980, from the start of the welfare state to Thatcher’s rise to power.

Saint Etienne’s Pete Wiggs has composed the original score. The script is by Saint Etienne’s Bob Stanley with author Travis Elborough.

Martin Kelly produces and Simon Egan executive produces.

The film screens at the Lff on Oct 12 and 14.

Paul Kelly and Saint Etienne previously collaborated on Finisterre, What Have You Done Today, Mervyn Day? and This Is Tomorrow. »

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The Mill, where misery is relentless

26 July 2013 10:00 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Channel 4's new Sunday night drama is the perfect place in which to contemplate the bellowing horror of 19th-century rural-industrial injustice and child labour

Cheshire, 1833, and the cobbles are awash with sods. "Yer all orphans and bastards," snarls dastardly foreman Charlie Crout (Craig Parkinson) as oppressed urchins gulp and clench their bumcheeks. "Make as much noise as yer like," he continues, leeringly, over the incessant crraaang of the mechanised looms. "No one cares. No one'll hear yer. No one'll ever listen to yer!"

Abandon hope all ye who enter The Mill (Sunday, 8pm, Channel 4). And jettison preconceptions while ye be at it. The timeslot may lend itself to the mawkish and the genteel but this is no place for scones or whimsy. Nor is it a place for sunshine, cheer, labradors bumbling amiably across sweeping lawns, toffs fumbling buffoonishly with fish knives, shots of bonneted wenches that don't involve unwanted pregnancy or crying, »

- Sarah Dempster

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