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Letter from Britain

About the film

Three Canadian soldiers visiting London discuss the experiences of Britain that they have been writing home to loved ones about.

Details

Release year
1945
Director
Robert Lapresle
Production company
Merton Park
Screenplay
Mary Benedetta
Cinematographer
Robert Lapresle
Composer
Hubert Clifford
Editor
Cath Miller
Sound recording
Edgar Law
Musical director
Hubert Clifford
Performers
Lieut. W.T. O’Conner, R.C.N.V.R. (Bill), Capt. J.A. Manahan, Canadian Seaforth Highlanders (Bob), Squadron Ldr. Gilles Duhamel, R.C.A.F. (Pierre)
Running time (minutes)
17 mins 21 secs
Music Played by
London Symphony Orchestra
Made is association with
Film Producers Guild

Original Description

Britain Through Canadian Eyes
'This film brings to life some of the things and places Canadians have been writing home about. The story is set mainly in London, Sussex, Scotland and Northern Island, though other parts of Britain come into it as well.'
(Films of Britain - British Council Film Department Catalogue - 1946)

Trivia

  • This film was specifically produced for Canadian audiences, in order to boost the relationship between the two countries, although it did receive distribution in other countries as well.
  • Letter from Britain and Ulster are the only two films in the British Council Film Collection to feature Northern Ireland. It is also unusual in that it features real servicemen, rather than mere actors.
  • The poster seen on the Underground train at 06:00 was part of the government-sponsored ‘Billy Brown of London Town’ series.
  • Letter from Britain was filmed no earlier than March 1945, as this is when the ‘Merchant Navy’ class steam train ‘Elders Fyffes- seen at 04:40 - was built.
  • Several ships are seen around Londonderry in Letter from Britain. These include the HMCS Glace Bay, HMS Launceston Castle, HMS Loch Katrine, HMCS Penetang, and HMCS Petrolia. By comparing convoy listings, it can be deduced that these scenes were filmed around the 15th March 1945.
  • The song sung by ‘Paddy’ at 13:05 is entitled ‘If You Ever Go To Ireland’, written by Art Noel. The song sung by the solider around 14:45 is an Irish ballad called ‘The Rose of Tralee. The piece sung in the pub around 15:40 is ‘My Gal’s a Corker’.