North Sea (1938) Harry Watt

North Sea 1938 poster

The story of real fishermen going about their hazardous tasks in the North Sea fishing-grounds off the British Coast. The fishing boat departs from a Scottish town, and the crew is seen going through their routine tasks. On arriving at the fishing grounds they encounter a storm that disables their craft. They radio for help and the rest of the film shows primarily the manner in which the government coastal-radio supervises the rescue the the fishing boat.

Rainbow Dance (1936) Len Lye

Rainbow Dance 1936 poster

The film was made by colorful printing of footage combined with drawing directly on film. The bouncy music drives home the message heard at the end of the film, promoting the GPO (General Post Office): “The Post Office Savings Bank puts a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow for you. No deposit too small for the Post Office Savings Bank.”