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One Continuous Take/The Kay Mader Story (3 stars)

One Continuous Take/The Kay Mader Story

(E) 253min

This fascinating two disc set revisits and attempts to revive interest in pioneering and innovative documentarian Kay Mander. The first disc is taken up with Dr Adele Carroll’s 2001 film One Continuous Take featuring Kay Mander, now living in Kirkcudbrightshire, recalling her life and work, with clips from many of her films.

Mander’s main period of directorial achievement were the war years and the second disc is basically a retrospective of her short documentaries. Of particular interest is 1940’s Transfer of Skill which chronicles the more adaptive and creative wartime craftspeople, dropping in on jewelers as they learn to produce gauges used to measure tank parts. Highland Doctor (1943) about the life of a doctor in the Outer Hebrides; Homes for the People (1945), made by the (then) Daily Herald to expose poor housing conditions throughout Britain and the post war A Plan to Work On (1948) about the urban growth of Dunfermline is explored, in which an architect describes schemes for the changes of the future. Extras include special booklet.


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