Tomorrow Is Theirs (1940)

This government–sponsored short examines the provisions for secondary education during WWII.

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Film details

  • Featuring

    Joseph Macleod

  • Director

    James Carr

  • Country

    United Kingdom

  • Year


  • Genre

    Government sponsored film

  • Type


  • Category

    Non Fiction


Made by the independent production company Strand Films and sponsored by the Ministry of Information, the film argues for the maintenance of excellent, thorough schooling in spite of wartime obstacles.

The first part of the film describes urban ‘emergency schools’ which bring together non–evacuated pupils from across towns and cities, and looks at a boys’ secondary school in London in particular. The film then shifts its gaze to a rural girls’ school, where evacuated pupils join the local children. The country surroundings give a new, exciting dimension to the lessons and practical classes, such as domestic science, are refocused to serve the local war effort.

Though the approach is relatively workmanlike, the pupils are naturalistic and the commentary lively, making this an appealing informative film. Emphasis is given to the way pupils have adapted and integrated under wartime conditions, the message being that consistency and some sense of normality in schooling must be maintained.

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