British Transport Films Volume Six: The Art of Travel

The sixth volume of films from the British Transport Commission’s in-house film production unit, set up following the nationalisation of transport in 1948.

Following the nationalisation of transport in 1948, the British Transport Commission set up its own in-house film production unit. Launched on 1st May 1949, and led for 25 years by Edgar Anstey – a founding father of the British documentary movement – it became one of the largest industrial film units in Britain.

All these films are now preserved in the BFI National Archive. This selection has been digitally remastered for this two-disc, which is a ‘must’ not just for the transport enthusiast, but also for the documentary aficionado who will recognise traits and innovation in British non-fiction filmmaking.

Disc one

  • North to the Dales (1962)
  • Yorkshire Sands (1955)
  • Down to Sussex (1964)
  • The Land of Robert Burns (1956)
  • Journey into History (1952)
  • Midland Country (1974)
  • The Travolators (1961)

Disc two

  • Journey to the Sea (1952)
  • London for a Day (1962)
  • The Beacons and Beyond (1979)
  • A Desperate Case (1958)
  • Lancashire Coast (1957)
  • Golfers in a Scottish Landscape (1971)

Special features

  • Booklet with film notes on all films and credits.

Product information

    • Certificate


    • Colour


    • Sound


    • Running time


    • Languages


    • Original aspect ratio


    • DVD region

      • 2 Europe (except Russia, Ukraine, and Belarus), Middle East, Egypt, Japan, South Africa, Swaziland, Lesotho, Greenland, French Overseas departments and territories

    • Catalogue number


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