Southampton Into The Seventies (1970)
Produced by British Transport Films on behalf of the British Transport Docks Board.
18 minutes - Eastman Colour

Director: Peter Sims
Photography: Michael Boultbee, Trevor Roe, Jack West.
Editor: John Legard, Francesca Bowen
Sound: Trevor Pyke.
Script: Peter Sims.
Narration: John Stockbridge.
Producer: James Ritchie
Executive Producer: Edgar Anstey.

The Port of Southampton is moving into the seventies with a bid to become Britain's leading container port, while retaining its premier status as a passenger port with ocean-going liners and roll-on roll-off car ferries. The film presents, in human terms, the wide variety of life and activity in the Estuary, which has now become the responsibility of the British Transport Docks Board.

16mm (1,620 ft.)

Review in Monthly Film Bulletin - May 1971 (spotted by Robin Carmody)

Made primarily to draw attention to the rapid expansion of the port of Southampton, this sponsored documentary intercuts scenes of ship repair and loading with a Port Consultative meeting and handling instruction at the Training School. The points are put across quite competently but with insufficient flair for the subject to be of much interest to the layman. And although Southampton may have progressed into the Seventies, the film's ending (ships sailing into the sunset) seems disconcertingly behind the times. (David McGillivray)

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