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Patriotic Porkers

Unusual propaganda movie

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A wartime propaganda film on the benefits of saving household waste to feed pigs and provide cheap food. The film is to encourage more people to feed pigs from household waste to create cheaper pork for people at home and the soldiers fighting the war. This clip features Land Girls feeding pigs with bracken, roots and nettles; shots of soldiers feeding the pigs; Intertitle: " You can provide Pork and Beans for the Boys in the Trenches"; shots of soldiers in the trenches smoking cigarettes and eating from mess tins; Intertitle: "Household Waste. Save it and breed Pigs; Collect it and feed Pigs; Use it to beat Pigs - The ones in Germany"; illustration of the Kaiser.

Questions & Activities


  • Give the title and ask for predications about what the film will be about.
  • Why was this film made? What purpose does it have?
  • What impression do you get of what life was like in the farming community?
  • Why was it important to feed pigs and what benefit did this have during the First World War?
  • How can you tell this is an old film?
  • What does the film show about the role of women during the First World War?
  • In what ways does the film convey positive impressions of Britain and negative impressions of Germany?


What is propaganda? Why is it important? Does it still happen?

Compare the propaganda techniques in this film with those from other conflicts (e.g. Syria, the Cold War, the Second World War).

Create a soundtrack for the film (this could be a 'sound story' based around the farmyard, or a voice over).

Find out who the Kaiser was and why he is referred to in this film in a caricature.

Clip Details

Record Id 007-000-000-323-C
Resource Rights Holder National Library of Scotland
Project Ref 2995
Date 1918
Genre Propaganda, Sponsored
School Subject Health and Wellbeing, History, Geography, Media Studies
Subject Matter Citizenship, Food, Agriculture, Conflict
Who Green's Film Service (production company), Ministry of Food (sponsor)
Where Glasgow
Event First World War, WWI, World War I
Attributes Black and White, Silent
Clip Length 4:00
Film Length 04:00