Look at Life: Volume 1 - Transport
Look at Life was a regular series of short documentary films produced in the 1960s by the Special Features Division of the Rank Organisation and screened in their Odeon and Gaumont cinemas - replacing the circuit’s newsreel, Universal News, which had become largely irrelevant with the advent of television news broadcasts.
Marvellously concise and beautifully shot, these ‘slice of life’ colour featurettes – numbering over 500 episodes in total – presented cinemagoers with varied aspects of contemporary British life, and among the documentaries included here are several that vividly capture the vibrancy and optimism of the Swinging Sixties. Digitally restored from the original film elements, this release compiles 54 memorable films which offer a fascinating snapshot of transport in 1960s’ Britain, with many unseen since their first screening.
Narrated by TIM TURNER, RAYMOND BAXTER, MICHAEL INGRAMS, EAMONN ANDREWS, JOHN WITTY, ANNE MacEWEN and DUNCAN CARSE
Ticket to Tokyo
Travelling with a Britannia airliner from London to Tokyo and back.
Letting Off Steam
Celebrating British Railways’ change of technology to bring in the modern age of commuter travel.
New Roads for Old
A look at tomorrow’s roads in the making.
Flight on a Cushion
Telling the story of a hovercraft from the moment it was invented.
Talking of Coaches...
Life from the back of a coach during a tour of Italy.
An impressive glimpse of the hazards faced by Swiss glacier pilots.
Shopping for a ‘Queen’
In this case it is the ‘Queen Elizabeth’, the 83,000 ton liner.
Sailing the Sky
All the thrills of gliding and an interview with Britain’s leading woman glider pilot.
Driving school tuition and the training of police drivers.
Shape of a Ship
Taking a look at the big new liners being built.
This quirky film follows an early “trolley dolly” and her working day.
Looking at the organisation behind taxis, from how they are made to picking up passengers.
All Through the Night
Out on the trunk roads with the night lorries. It’s a tough life for these night drivers.
Over and Under
A look at the modern bridge building that is taking place all over Britain today.
Experts prove that safety on a motor-cycle stems from control of the machine.
Eyes of the Law
A look at traffic control and motorways in Germany.
In ten years, the scooter population has increased from 4,250 to over 41,000.
Little tugs, without which any big port would come to a standstill, are featured.
So They All Hover Now
Today all kinds of things are hovering. Trucks, barrows, even stretchers!
The Village Sleeps Again
The pros and cons of building a by-pass.
John Wimpenny is the first man to pedal himself through the air for more than half a mile.
Draw the Fires
An interim report on the railway modernisation schemes that have aroused controversy.
The Car Has Wings
Natural boundaries no longer limit the range of motoring.
A visit to Montague Motor Museum at Beaulieu in the New Forest.
The story of Britain’s pilotage services: always on call.
Where No Tide Flows
A look at canals today and how they have been rediscovered by holidaymakers.
High, Wide and Faster
Closer co-ordination between our roads, railways and coastal shipping facilities.
The story of the oil tankers and the crews that sail in them.
Report on a River
Modernising port services and keeping traffic moving on the Thames.
Europe Grows Together
Britain is having to look urgently at her links with the Continent.
Turn of the Wheel
What happens to the old trains and buses which are being replaced?
City of the Air
A fascinating look at many aspects of London Airport in the BOAC and BEA era.
Behind the Ton-Up Boys
There are nearly two million motor-cyclists in Britain.
Going Places Under Water
The story of the world’s first underwater sightseeing bus.
Living with Cars
What is being done to cope with the increasing number of cars on our roads?
Flying to Work
Private planes and helicopters are springing up all over the country.
The Spirit of Brooklands
The story of the renowned motor racing circuit.
In all conditions, special ships maintain a constant scientific watch on the weather.
What Price Safety?
What is being done to make cars and roads safer?
Down in the Dumps
How the problem of dumped cars is being tackled.
Cats of the Sea
The thrill of sailing catamarans is giving thousands of people plenty of fun.
Breaking the Ice
Taking a look at the icebreakers responsible for keeping shipping routes open.
Skimming Through the Sixties
What is happening to the hovercraft?
The Big Take-Off
What’s happening to the British aircraft industry in the face of competition?
Lighter Than Air
Going up in a hot air balloon.
Just an Accident
Twenty people are killed on the roads daily.
Scrambling for It
A sport which today attracts thousands of followers.
The Straits of Dover
Every day, 750 ships pass through the five mile wide shipping channel.
Where Do You Leave the Boat?
With more pleasure boats being built, the problem is where to keep them.
Pushing the Bike
The bike’s impact on the world today.
On unprofitable branch lines, thousands of people are still running steam locomotives.
The City’s For Living In
Many cities in Britain today face the danger of traffic’s impact on the environment
All in a Day’s Work
A look at people who travel the world by air as part of their everyday jobs.
A Load of Pheasants
Intercontinental deliveries by lorries that travel via the ferries of Britain’s ports.