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Reference number: 0296

Date: 1953*

Director: d. Charles Heath

Sponsor: Central Office of Information

Production company: Anglo Scottish Pictures

Sound: sound

Colour: bw

Fiction: non-fiction

Running time: 18 mins

Description: A look at the social and economic changes in Scotland during the 1950s, from the restoration of Iona Abbey to the development of new industries.

Credits: comm.w. Donald MacKenzie
comm.s. Gordon Jackson
m. composed by Elizabeth Lutyens conducted by John Hollingsworth
photographed by Bernard Davies
ed. Alvin Bailey
London Film Studios, Shepperton
A COI film produced for the Scottish Office and the Mutual Security Agency

Shotlist: Credits (.18); Shots of Scottish coast and a fishing boat (.50); Shots of Iona and restoration work on the abbey. Gvs Scottish scenery. A hand loom (1.56); A forest. Young trees and trees being felled (2.32); Shots of hand-made furniture and various stages in the manufacture of crystal ware; shaping, blowing, grinding and cutting (3.43); Inside a distillery (4.04); Ships in Glasgow docks. Coal is loaded. Shots of shipyard workers out of work during the 1930s and the unfinished liner "Queen Mary" lying in the yard. Shots of liner after launch. Launch of the "Regent Springbok" (5.55); Inside a steelworks. Wartime footage of tanks in the desert, a warship, and aircraft carrier at sea, army vehicles landing on the Normandy coast (7.09); Shot of an aluminium rolling mill. Shots of a Spitfire, a dog-fight, and a plane being shot down (7.45); The war memorial in Edinburgh Castle. A train going over the Forth rail bridge (8.52); Shots of factory under construction. Shots of industrial estates. Various factory interiors. Manufacture of nylons, golf clubs, safety lamps, adding machines, electronic equipment, electric razors, synthetic hormones, screws, paper patterns, clocks (12.35); Crates are weighed and loaded onto ship. Grain and other cargoes are unloaded from ships in dock (13.35); Shots of Edinburgh's Princes Street. Part of the "Thrie Estaites" being performed by the Glasgow Citizens Theatre Company during the 1951 Edinburgh Festival. Street scenes (14.58); Various events at Highland games (16.05); A dam, and interior of a hydro-electric power station (16.32); Shots of aircraft and Prestwick airport. Planes taking off (17.16); ecs (17.32)