Rosie Newman's Britain At War In Colour

Imperial War Museums Film Archive   |   UK

Previously unreleased amateur colour film of Britain during the Second World War. Two hours of remarkable footage shot by the renowned camerawoman Miss Rosie Newman, including film of London during The Blitz, aircraft manufacture, a Spitfire squadron, scenes on board a Royal Navy destroyer and the arrival of wounded. The film is presented with a reconstruction of the original music track - the first opportunity for more than 40 years to see and hear the film as the camerawoman intended. The DVD also offers an alternative commentary track and a short bonus feature on the life and films of Rosie Newman. This unique amateur film was left to the IWM in Rosie Newman's will, but it wasn't until much later, with the discovery of her original 78rpm records, that the IWM was able to realise its ambition of making this available in its entirety to a wider audience. Based on extensive research by the IWM and working with the creative team at Strike Force Entertainment, a restored HD version was completed in 2011. Packaged with a facsimile of Miss Newman's book, the original music and a commentary, this release not only contributes to our knowledge of WWII, but also gives an appreciation of how good archive film can be.