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Local Government

About the film

'Local Government' follows ‘John Blunt’, a farmer, as he seeks to become a councillor in his local borough, and the work of the local council once he is elected.

Details

Release year
1943
Director
Bernerd Mainwaring
Production company
Signet Pictures Corp. Ltd./ Guild Films
Screenplay
William Lewis
Cinematographer
Stephen Dade
Performers
Richard George (John Blunt), Grace Arnold (Mrs Blunt), Ian Fleming (Town Clerk), A. Holles (Grocer), Arthur Young (Mayor), W. Caithness (Sharp), Irene Arnold (Lady Customer), David Trickett (Boy Blunt) Angela Glynne (Girl Blunt), Frank Webster (Chairman o
Running time (minutes)
20 mins 29 secs

Original Description

The Work of Local Authorities
‘A simple description of English Local Government, showing the areas into which England is divided, the system of election and finance, and the many services administered by the local authorities. An important service is public health.’
(Films of Britain - British Council Film Department Catalogue - 1943)

Trivia

  • Whilst the opening shots are set in the London borough of Ealing, the exterior of the town hall featured in Local Government is the former Wallington Town Hall, Sutton, and the interiors of the council chamber are those of Wimbledon Town Hall.
  • A number of sets were built at Merton Park Studios for the production Local Government, and many actors brought in to play the various community members.