A Farmer's Boy

About the film

A young man learns to become a farmer, keen to show the integration of traditional farming with modern science and education.


  • Release year - 1945
  • Director - Peter Price
  • Production company - Greenpark Studios
  • Producer - Ralph Keene
  • Cinematographer - Tristram Stack
  • Composer - Denis Blood
  • Editor - Julian Wintle
  • Musical director - John Hollingsworth
  • Running time (minutes) - 14 mins 26 secs

Original description

The work of an agricultural college

'Agriculture today is a big industry, requiring the co-operation of scientists, engineers, chemists and government officials to help ordinary farmers. The film shows how Britain is training farmers and specialists at one of the many agricultural colleges in Britain for the future needs of this great industry.'

(Films of Britain - British Council Film Department Catalogue - 1944-45)

Did you know?

  • Seale-Hayne Agricultural College, near Newton Abbott, opened just after the First World War and operated until 2005 when, by now a faculty of Plymouth University, the department was moved to Plymouth.
  • There are a number of common farming practices in this film that are shown but not discussed, such as pasteurisation and sheep dipping.
  • The folk song being sung at the 12-minute mark is 'Widdicombe Fair' the subject of another eponymous British Council film.

All films are subject to the Creative Commons licence guidelines.

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