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Weather Forecast

Directed by Evelyn Spice Cherry
United Kingdom, 1934 (documentary, 18 minutes, black and white, English)

Film Description:
"Weather reports are collected by wireless, cable and landline from meteorological stations, coastguard stations, shipping and airplanes from all over Europe and the Atlantic, messages giving latest details pour through the Public Telegraph Office and on to the Meteorological Office where all the details are entered on the maps. From these maps the forecaster can detect impending changes in weather conditions. The forecast is then published by telegram, teleprinter and wireless to aircraft, shipping, coastguards and the farmer. The actual gale warning is drowned in the increasing hubbub of messages and the racketing of teleprinters and merges into the howling of the gale, the roar of the waves and the squealing of gulls as the coastguards hoist the South Cone, the seaman makes for port, and the farmer's wife shuts up the chickens. While the gale rages reports continue to come in, and the forecaster is able to announce better weather ahead as the storm is wearing itself out. The South Cone is lowered, the wind and the waves subside, the skies clear and serene quietness settles everywhere."
-- British Film Institute (source)

Film Credits (partial):
Produced by: John Grierson
Production Company: GPO Film Unit

Quote about Weather Forecast

"[Weather Forecast] was particularly noted for its soundtrack. Using minimal commentary and sparsely placed atmospheric music, sounds are often separated from their original images and superimposed over other visuals. The teleprinter is heard over the sea; the sound of the ship overlaps shots of the land. Sound effects are used to dramatic effect: the wailing of the wind, the creaking of cables. A medley of male and female voices delivering the forecast blends with sounds of the storm to add a sense of urgency. The sync sound dialogue adds a human, conversational tone. As the storm begins to abate, the fisherman, putting out his nets, begins to hum, the sound mingling with the wind and the waves."
-- Barbara Evans (source)

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