Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Film Show Talk

The Working Class Movement Library are putting on some talks for the summer season. These are usually on a Wednesday afternoon which makes for a small audience. There is one of co-operative interest. WCML : Invisible History Talks

Wednesday 25 July 2012 at 1400. Gillian Lonergan on ‘The co-operative movement's use of film' This illustrated talk ranges from film of the Blackpool Emporium and a Stanley Holloway monologue from 1938, to a short animation on the Rochdale Pioneers produced last year. This talk marks the 2012 International Year of Co-operatives.

I've very likely seen all the films mentioned so can recommend them. The Stanley Holloway movie could be "Sam Goes Shopping", six minutes long from 1939. But you do have an expert from the Co-Operative Archives giving the talk so listen carefully you'll learn something.

The Rochdale Pioneers story told in animation in 4 minutes. Produced by Huckleberry Films of Accrington. Even the Crumpsall Biscuit Factory, Manchester gets a mention. From early silents and magic lantern shows right up to YouTube, the co-operatives have always embraced the propaganda value of moving images.

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