Download e-book for iPad: A Retake Please!: Night Mail to Western Approaches by Pat Jackson

By Pat Jackson

ISBN-10: 0853239436

ISBN-13: 9780853239437

This memoir is an strange contribution to the heritage of movie and cinema. At its centre is the tale of the making of the British movie vintage Western techniques, the 1st tale documentary in Technicolor, completely enacted through amateurs. It used to be nominated for the simplest movie from any resource Oscar.

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Download e-book for iPad: A Retake Please!: Night Mail to Western Approaches by Pat Jackson

This memoir is an strange contribution to the background of movie and cinema. At its centre is the tale of the making of the British movie vintage Western methods, the 1st tale documentary in Technicolor, completely enacted by means of amateurs. It used to be nominated for the easiest movie from any resource Oscar.

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The pouch hanging from it would then be swept into a net set up on the ground. A net from the side of the train would then be lowered to reverse the process and collect the pouches hanging from gibbet-like posts at the side of the track. These processes take place as the train travels at sixty or seventy miles an hour. All very cinematic, we hoped. The sequence would be built with the trainee standing by the opening of the van, waiting for the critical moment to lower the metal arm to which is attached the mail pouch.

Railway company had provided us with a ‘ganger’ for our safety. He carried a red flag, had a whistle permanently between his teeth which he blew with monotonous regularity. The whistle would then drop suspended from a cord necklace and he would solemnly intone: ‘Up fast. Stand clear’, or ‘Down fast. Stand clear’. These ups and downs came with infuriating regularity, making our progress not hazardous but tedious as we were driven into the sidewalk. We came across a gang of plate layers, and like prospectors we thought we had struck it rich.

The new recruits were expected to pick up their jobs by watching others at work. This was the cause of much delay and interference with efficient staff perpetually interrupted by helping the beginner out of his difficulties. In 1935 the London Postal School was created. ’ I followed the course as though I were a candidate, hoping to pass the exams to become a postman. I soon found that it was not to be a walkover for anyone; certainly not for the ex-servicemen who were hoping for a secure job, perhaps their last chance.

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