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Mitchell and Kenyon: Felling of Brick Works Chimney (1906)


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A well-dressed woman, and a small group of men (some suited, some workmen) amid a small fire lit at the base of the chimney to burn the wooden props and so weaken the chimney prior to demolition. They stand still and pose for camera and then walk away.

Shot of the burning debris. Pan to show some workmen looking upward. Shot of an industrial chimney on waste ground. Mid-distance are many onlookers and beyond them terraced housing. LS men set gelignite at the base of the chimney. The explosion occurs and the chimney topples towards camera, smoke billowing from the base.

Pan area where chimney stood to show the nearby houses and the large groups of people (mainly men and boys) amid the rubble. Groups of boys in the rubble; they wave to camera. Closer, posed, shot of boys facing camera and cheering. A woman, child and some men amid rubble - the location is as the opening shot, and some of the people, including the woman, are the same. They pose for camera and raise their hats.