People like Tony Richardson (and Carl Rice who I don’t know about) were given limited funds by the British Film Institute and, perhaps more suprisingly, the Ford car making company. With films like Moma won’t Allow, they filmed people going about ordinary lives enjoying ordinary things. In particular they were interested in working class or lower middle class people who at that time were alternatively ignored or patronised by British ‘culture’.
There were some immaculate little observations. For example one of the makers of Tomorrow’s Saturday remarked that the pubs, clubs and dance hall were really noisy, animated places – mainly because most people worked all week in incredibly noisy factories, or in oppressively disciplined (‘no speaking during work’) offices or warehouses. Social exchange was near-impossible, so came the weekend and people wanted to talk, talk, talk.
It was argued that these lightly funded, docu-realism films shot on 16mm cameras paved the way for the New Wave with British film moving from Brief Encounter to Saturday Night and Sunday morning etc.
I wonder if something like that could be done to bring an alternative to the turgid, Americanised, materialistic so-called reality pap that marks so much of todays British TV?
That would be coolI wonder if something like that could be done to bring an alternative to the turgid, Americanised, materialistic so-called reality pap that marks so much of todays British TV?