B.B.C. made a feature-length documentary. The Ministry of Labour made Workers and Jobsin which for the first time a whole film was built round the living and speaking personnel of a Labour Exchange, together with those who had come to it in search of work. It was quite clear that the whole field was ripe for development. Under the guidance of the documentary film makers, new production units were started Strand and the Realist Film Unit and, earlier still, the offshoot of the Gaumont- British Corporation, G-B Instructional. Grierson himself left the G.P.O. Unit and founded Film Centre, which was to act as a consultative body, forming a liaison between the potential sponsor and production units. With this new terrain to explore, new techniques were developed. Workers and Jobs paved the way for To-day We Live, The Saving of Bill Blewitt, Housing Problems and Children at School. In all these films real people not only appeared on the screen but acted and talked, sometimes by means of dialogue, some times in direct interviews. It was probably inevitable that this third period should lead pretty rapidly into a reopening of the world implications of the documentary idea. We Live in Two Worlds presented communi cations as the key to the brotherhood of man, taking as examples the links between Switzerland and Britain. Units went abroad in increasing numbers, to Iran, to Australia, to Malay, to Africa. Simultaneously, through the Imperial Relations Trust, Grierson was attuning the Dominions to the documentary idea, and some of the older r35 I932 CONTACT Paul Rotha British Instructional 1932 THE NEW OPERATOR Stuart Legg G.P.OFilm Unit 1930 THE port OF LONDON (unfinished) John Grierson (Empire Marketing Board) 1931 THE COUNTRY COMES TO TOWN Basil Wright Empire Marketing Board)

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