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A Day in the Life: Four Portraits of Post-War Britain

A Day in the Life: Four Portraits of Post-War Britain

John Krish's intriguing portraits of British life emerge from the archive

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An English teacher in a brand-new Hertfordshire secondary school is about to lose his rag. “You said ‘relaxed, like,’” he storms at a boy. “Why like? Like what? Why do you use that expression? What does it mean?” This is 1962. It’s a scene from Our School, sponsored by the National Union of Teachers, one of four documentaries made between 1953 and 1964 by John Krish in the BFI’s Boom Britain: Documenting the Nation’s Life on Film, a project that celebrates the neglected heritage of the post-war documentary.

Krish picked two people from the Darby and Joan club in Lewisham, making sure they weren’t married so they wouldn’t sit in silence

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