A comparison of old and new industries of Scotland. One of a group of seven documentaries made for the 1938 Empire Exhibition, under the supervision of John Grierson.
The film includes shots of: Shipyard workers; foundry and steel mill; construction of steam locomotive engines; factories; Plan for site of Hillington Industrial Estate in Renfrewshire and construction of factories on site; derelict iron works at Wishaw and cement factory; Hiram Walker's distillery under construction at Dumbarton; construction of road through Glencoe; Scottish Airways plane; shots of hydro-electric power station; British Aluminium Company works; tenement back courts and washing lines; women washing clothes in metal tubs in back courts; bricklayers and workers on construction site; Standburn mining village in Stirlingshire; new housing at Westquarter, Stirling; shale bings; park and putting green; coal pits and miners coming up to surface. Pit buildings, miners getting washed and changed; cycling club passes India Tyres of Inchinnan's factory. Shots of haystack, hills and lochside; yachting; steel mill. Workmen discuss effect of introduction of new machinery.
Length of clip: 15:45
Length of original film: 15:45
- Why are the people in the clip are positive about the future?
- Do you think the dialogue scenes are scripted or spontaneous?
- What issues are highlighted in the film?
- What effect does the editing of the cycling sequence have?
Modern Studies: What view does the film give of local community and activism? Is this still important in Scotland?
Modern Studies: Find out what kinds of local democratic action are happening in your local community.
Economics/History: The film is named after a book by economist Adam Smith, why was he an important figure?
History: The film was made one year before the start of World War Two, how do you imagine their lives were affected by the war?
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