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Essentially British?: Cricket (1951)

Material to accompany the BFI Mediatheque 'Essentially British' DVD.

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35mm, black and white, 18 mins
Director Grahame Tharp
Production CompanyAssociated British Pathé
SponsorBritish Council
Focus Questions
In the Classroom

A celebration of the game of cricket, centred around the England-Australia Test at Lord's in 1948 and narrated by Sir Ralph Richardson.

Cricket and its place in the hearts of the British people is explored in this British Council funded film from 1951. As Australia and England battle it out at the 1948 Lord's Test match, narrators Ralph Richardson and John Arlott comment on aspects of the game at many other levels and in many other lands. Cricket is portrayed as a game that knows no barriers of background, colour or creed as we are taken on a quick tour of its history, traditions and appeal.

Follow the link to In The Classroom at the top of this page for teaching suggestions linked to History and Citizenship. In Focus Questions you'll find suggestions for questions to focus students' attention while watching the film. These will also help to develop their understanding of film language.

Video Clips
1. Cricket education (5:11)
2. The players (5:00)
Downloadable Teaching Resources

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