Plymouth’s Rise From the Ashes

£12.49

The effect of the 2nd World War left Plymouth’s city centre in ashes, but 1947 saw the beginning of the reconstruction in earnest. As the workmen moved in, Cyril Miller, a Plymouth amateur cinematographer, was there to record for future generations the gradual rebuilding of the main city centre.

Description

DVD – Colour/B&W – 50 minutes

The effect of the 2nd World War left Plymouth’s city centre in ashes, but 1947 saw the beginning of the reconstruction in earnest. As the workmen moved in, Cyril Miller, a Plymouth amateur cinematographer, was there to record for future generations the gradual rebuilding of the main city centre.

The images in this unique documentary stretch from 1947 to 1964 and cover the city centre redevelopment, the opening by HM Queen Elizabeth II of the Civic Centre and other events, including the 1960’s demolition and redevelopment of Drake’s Circus. To complement the archive images, Roger Underwood filmed the modern city to show the completion of the Plan for Plymouth originated in 1943. Produced and directed by Roger Lilley, this film is a compelling record for all who live in the city of Plymouth. Additional archive material supplied by Reginald Blackett.

An Aarchive Film Production in association with Roger Underwood

Specifications

Produced & Directed by Roger Lilley
Camera & Editing by Roger Underwood
Titles by Phil Lilley
Narration by Gerald & Roger Lilley
Archive Footage by Cyril Miller & Reg Blackett


All the DVDs are produced, packed and sent directly from Aarchvie Films.

The original documentaries were made on S-VHS, in a 4:3 ratio, so on a standard TV/computer screen, will show black bars on both sides.

There is some very brief areas of ‘dropout’ when they were converted from S-VHS video to digital. We have done the best we can to reduce this, but it is still there.

All of the documentaries were produced by Roger Lilley of Aarchive Films, who passed away 20 years ago. Some of the ‘modern’ footage is from between 1995 – 2000, so some of the newer footage may look different now.

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