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Caller Herrin' (1947)

| Documentary, Short
Following the herring fishing boats, showing how new technology was improving fish processing.


Alan Harper


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Following the herring fishing boats, showing how new technology was improving fish processing.

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Companion Piece to Grierson's Drifters.
28 August 2009 | by JoeytheBritSee all my reviews

This short film obviously contains echoes of John Grierson's Drifters even though it possesses a distinct personality of its own. Although it is a sound film that makes use of a narrator's plummy tones, the images we see are silent with an occasional sound effect added afterwards. Little appears to have changed with regard to the methods of netting fish employed by the modest fishing fleets since Grierson's earlier film, although technological advances mean that the freezing and curing of the daily catch has moved on a pace. Obviously a narration imparts more information to the viewer, some of it only tenuously related to the images on the screen, but the eye is still entertained by some atmospheric photography that places the audience bang in the middle of the quaintly polite bidding at a fish market for example. Enjoyable and informative enough on its' own, this little film serves as a perfect companion for Grierson's silent masterpiece.

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