- Title: U40
FINDING NEWS STORIES
MCU Busy street scene outside Manchester Guardian and Evening News Office building. Traffic, cars, bicycles and vans. People in 60s dress, men wearing trilby hats, women wearing head-scarves.
Cut to MCU panning shot of flat bed lorry loaded with 15 large rolls of paper turns right into side street. Cut to office wall clock showing 7.15 a.m. Panning shots follow office cleaner as she empties waste paper bin, sweeps floor (paper and empty cigarette packet) and empties ashtray. Office furniture includes roll front desk, filing cabinet with pile of papers stacked untidily on top, wooden chair, desk with sheets of paper scattered on surface, ashtray being replaced on desk.
CU woman’s right hand as she removes ‘24’ to reveal ‘25’ on desktop calendar. Cut to MCU of seagulls flying in cloudy sky. Film title superimposed onto sky scene. Cut to panning shot of idle cranes and barges moored on Thames with Tower Bridge in distance. Cut to various CU cranes, barges with cranes in mist beyond, empty lorries parked beside train lines with near deserted yard and dock buildings in bg.
Cut to docker workers on strike standing around outside dock gates. CU interview between dock worker(close ups) and reporter. MCU interview with dock workers outside dock gates, duty policeman walks between open gates, cranes and dock in bg. Cut to CU of camera flash unit. MCU of welcome party as dignitary descents steps of aircraft. Cut to mls of aircraft taxiing along runway.
Cut to MCU of man wearing white shirt, bow tie and jacket sitting at desk typing. Shelving behind desk with rows of box files and folders. Wire filing trays on desk, black ‘dial’ telephone in bg Cut to CU of man typing on manual typewriter. Pan to advertising material for ‘The Georgian State Dance Company’.
Cut to various news stories including: CU vs of Cossack dancers MCU crowded three tier sports stand football match MCU aerial shot of BOAC aeroplane flying above the clouds overview of tree covered landscape MCU native village, children playing, round mud huts with thatched roofs CU man CU child leaning against tree trunk. MCU panning shots rear view of operators at telephone exchange wearing head sets; country names above each operator Cape Town, New York, Hong Kong, Singapore, Sydney. Cut to vs panning shots of floods in Bengal (v/o explains this is the rice growing area which is experiencing the worst floods in memory) raging water eroding land tall tree collapsing CU flooded ‘shanty town’ child perched on ledge away from water people wading through water.
Cut to panning shot of telephone exchange; Country names above operators; New York, Poona, ships. Cut to CU sea lapping rock pan up to vs high rise buildings in New York. Panning overviews of UN meeting (Alistair Cooke v/o) Fade out.
- Keywords:UK, LONDON, 1961, PRINT AND BROADCAST JOURNALISM, NEWSPAPERS, NEWS MEDIA, UNION, DOCKS, REPORTER, INTERVIEW, INTERNATIONAL NEWS, SOCIAL JUSTICE, THE UN, FLOODS, TELEPHONE EXCHANGE, COPY, THE WIRES.
- Master Title:U40