The British Transport Films Collections – Volume Eleven: Experiment Under London
Following the nationalisation of transport in 1948, the British Transport Commission set up its own in-house film production unit. Launched on 1st May, 1949, and led for 25 years by Edgar Anstey OBE - a founding father of the British documentary movement - it became one of the largest industrial film units in Britain.
Marking London Underground’s 150th anniversary, volume 11 in this series of double DVD sets presents six films produced by BFT for London Transport, documenting the constructions of the underground’s Victoria Line. Made between 1961 and 1969, this fascinating series of films documents, in meticulous detail, the mammouth undertaking of building the line from the initial design stages through to tunnelling and the royal opening.
This digitally remastered collection is a must, not only for the transport enthusiast, but also for the documentary aficionado.
Experiment Under London (1961)
The Victoria Line Report No. 1: Over and Under (1965)
The Victoria Line Report No. 2: Down and Along (1965)
The Victoria Line Report No. 3: Problems and Progress (1967)
The Victoria Line Report No. 4: Equip and Complete (1969)
The Victoria Line Report No. 5: London’s Victoria Line (1969)
- A Hundred Years Underground (1963, 39 minutes): The story of London's underground, from the opening of the Metropolitan Railway to the construction of the Victoria Line
- The Queen Opening the Victoria Line (1969, 6 minutes): Mute rushes of the official opening ceremony
- Fully illustrated booklet with essays, film notes and credit
UK | 1961 - 1969 | black and white, and colour | English language | 167 minutes | DVD9 x 2 | Original aspect ratio 1.33:1 | 2013 British Film Institute