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  • Documentary
  • Promotional
  • Sponsored


  • Films of Scotland Committee
  • Templar Films


  • 1950s

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Title: NEW DAY

Reference number: 0307

Date: 1959

Sponsor: Films of Scotland Committee and Glenrothes Development Corporation

Production company: Templar Film Studios

Sound: sound

Original format: 35mm

Colour: col

Fiction: non-fiction

Running time: 23 mins

Description: Life in Glenrothes New Town as seen through the eyes of a miner and his family.

Made to promote the new town and the benefits of moving there. The colliery nearby was one of the main employers for the town. It closed a few years later.

Credits: comm. w. Edward Boyd
comm. s. Leonard Maguire

Shotlist: Reel 1
credits (.20) shots of Forth Rail Bridge (.27) Fife countryside. Harbour and fishing boats, men load creels (.52) St. Andrews University students in quad (1.04) lady golfer on green before Royal & Ancient clubhouse (1.12) Fields of barley, harvester (1.36) Coal mine and transport of coal by rail. New buildings at Rothes Colliery. Interior shots of machinery, automatic machines, control panels, cage and miners coming up to surface. George Mackay, a miner, puts his lamp away and goes to the showers. Medical room and nurse (4.49) George and his colleagues eat in the canteen (5.14) He boards a bus and heads for Glenrothes New Town (5.57) Illustration by map of town. Shots of plans and drawings for construction (6.14) construction site. Shots of earth mover, house-building, bricklayers, roof, painting of walls (7.19) Gardens of completed houses. George's wife and children walk to town centre (8.18) Various shots of new town buildings, churches, old folk's houses, flats and swing park (9.59) the Mackay family in the shopping centre (10.35)

Reel 2
No credits. George alights from bus in town centre and meets his family (.36) buys newspaper telling of forthcoming royal visit (1.20) George goes for a pint. Shots inside the "Otter's Head" (1.35) His wife chats over tea (1.46) Man on bowling green, families on beach, George and son at Raith Rovers football match (2.55) at home in the garden (3.30) George remembers his old home. Shots of empty tenements (3.45) Family in house at lunch (5.32) School buildings. Children in nursery and pupils in maths class, domestic science, technical training (7.03) Shot of industrial opportunities for youth. Girls at work on electronic components. Inside a creamery, plastics factory, paper mills (8.25) Buildings, construction site, city centre (9.00) Royal visit of Queen and Duke of Edinburgh. They meet people in town centre (10.07) Sunset and town skyline (11.12) ecs (11.54)