This Working Life: STEEL


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From the British Film Institute

This Working Life: STEEL

A Century of Steelmaking on Film: Rare documentaries, animations and short films focusing on the nation’s steel industry.

2-DVD box set

Year: 1901-1987; Colour and Black & White; Sound and Silent; Running Time approx: 416  min

Steel was the driving force behind the Second Industrial Revolution, shaping many regions of the UK. In its heyday over 450,000 people worked in the steel industry and its influence still lives on. This double DVD set features 23 rare documentaries, animations and short films spanning the twentieth century. Highlights include footage of the building of the New Tyne bridge in 1928 and the rare 1945 film Steel which was shot by award-winning cameraman Jack Cardiff.

Disc One

Parkgate Iron and Steel Co., Rotherham (1901); His Majesty’s Visit to the Clyde (1917); The Building of the New Tyne Bridge (1928); Steel (Civics and Commerce series) (1933); Mastery of Steel (1933); British Steel (1939); Teeth of Steel (1942); Steel (1945); The Ten Year Plan (1945); Common Sense about Steel; Mrs Worth Goes to Westminster (1949); Steel in South Wales (1950).

Disc Two

River of Steel (1951); Ingot Pictorial No 27 (1956); Steel Town (1958); Men of Consett (1959); The Big Mill (1963); Steel for the Seventies (1970); Women of Steel (1984); Northern Newsreel No 7 (extract – Consett item) (1987).


Additional information

Weight .407 kg
Dimensions 23.5 × 15.5 × 1.5 cm