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West Riding (1946)

We of the West Riding (original title)
| Documentary, Short
Exploring the daily life of a large family in Yorkshire, at work in the textile mills and at play.


Ken Annakin


Phyllis Bentley




Exploring the daily life of a large family in Yorkshire, at work in the textile mills and at play.

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Documentary | Short







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Slice of Life

We of the West Riding is an odd short made immediately after the end of the war. Telling the tale of a typical family from the West Riding region of Yorkshire, it is nominally a slice-of-life view of an urban family whose working days are spent in the enormous fabric mills that dominate the area economy and their free time spent cycling through the beautiful moors of the countryside. A standout is the cinematography of Peter Hennessey, particularly the city street scenes which have an almost Dickensian feel to them which prompts some of the strangeness when they are contrasted with the well meaning narration. I'm not sure just why this was made but it is a visually striking memorial for a moment in time in post-WWII England where a traditional way life (whether for good or bad) was just barely hanging on, destined for oblivion in just a few short years.

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