The Second Freedom
About the film
The Second Freedom follows Jack Brown as he goes through life, and explores the various benefits he may receive as a result of National Insurance.
- Release year - 1943
- Director - Lister Laurance
- Production company - Verity Films Ltd.
- Screenplay - Cossar Turfery
- Cinematographer - Raymond Elton
- Composer - Hubert Clifford
- Narration - Freddie Grisewood
- Sound recording - Al Rhind
- Musical director - Muir Mathieson
- Unit Manager - William MacQuitty
- Music Played by - London Symphony Orchestra
- Running time (minutes) - 16 mins 55 secs
'The biography of 'Mrs. Brown's Boy Jack' shows how the British system of Social Assurance affects the lives of working people. His mother receives pre-natal and maternity benefits; the vast machinery of Social Assurance works for him from infancy to old age. He is entitled to numerous benefits, including unemployment insurance and workmen's compensation'
(Films of Britain - British Council Film Department Catalogue - 1942-43)
Did you know?
- The street scenes in this film are located in Harrow, London, and are still recognisable today. Locations include Lidell Close, Streatfield Road, and Kenmore Park Middle School.
- The title of this film changed often during production. Rejected titles included ‘Freedom from Want’, ‘Mrs Brown’s Boy Jack’, ‘Cradle the Future’, ‘Social Reassurance’, and ‘Fifty Million Parents’.
- This film prompted rather vehement feedback from Cyprus. The British Council representative in the area reported that ‘“Films of this type do more harm than good - presenting England as a Utopia where... ideal conditions are within everyone’s reach... The audience, believing this film gives a true picture of conditions in England, is dissatisfied with the absence of similar amenities in Cyprus.” Conversely, however, the film was merely cited as “Well received,” in New Delhi.
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