Thursday's Children

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Thursday's Children
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Directed by
Written by
Narrated by Richard Burton
Music byGeoffrey Wright
Cinematography Walter Lassally
World Wide Pictures
Morse Films
Release date
  • May 1954 (1954-05)(UK)
Running time
21 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom

Thursday's Children is a 1954 British short documentary film directed by Guy Brenton and Lindsay Anderson [1] about The Royal School for the Deaf in Margate, Kent, UK. The film is nearly silent, apart from music and narration. It focuses on the faces and gestures of the little boys and girls. As a residential school teaching lip reading, rather than a sign language, it features methods and goals not now used, and notes that only one child in three will achieve true speech. Filmmakers Lindsay Anderson and Guy Brenton were unable to gain distribution for the film until it won an Oscar in 1955 for Documentary Short Subject. [2] [3] [ dead link ] [4] The Academy Film Archive preserved Thursday's Children in 2005. [5]

A short film is any motion picture not long enough to be considered a feature film. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences defines a short film as "an original motion picture that has a running time of 40 minutes or less, including all credits". In the United States, short films were generally termed short subjects from the 1920s into the 1970s when confined to two 35mm reels or less, and featurettes for a film of three or four reels. "Short" was an abbreviation for either term.

Documentary film Nonfictional motion picture

A documentary film is a nonfictional motion picture intended to document reality, primarily for the purposes of instruction, education, or maintaining a historical record. "Documentary" has been described as a "filmmaking practice, a cinematic tradition, and mode of audience reception" that is continually evolving and is without clear boundaries. Documentary films were originally called 'actuality' films and were only a minute or less in length. Over time documentaries have evolved to be longer in length and to include more categories, such as educational, observational, and even 'docufiction'. Documentaries are also educational and often used in schools to teach various principles. Social media platforms such as YouTube, have allowed documentary films to improve the ways the films are distributed and able to educate and broaden the reach of people who receive the information.

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Lindsay Gordon Anderson was a British feature film, theatre and documentary director, film critic, and leading light of the Free Cinema movement and the British New Wave. He is most widely remembered for his 1968 film if...., which won the Palme d'Or at Cannes Film Festival and was Malcolm McDowell's cinematic debut. He is also notable, though not a professional actor, for playing a minor role in the Academy Award winning film Chariots of Fire. McDowell produced a 2007 documentary about his experiences with Anderson, Never Apologize.



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  2. "BFI Screenonline: Brenton, Guy (1927-94) Biography".
  3. "New York Times: Thursday's Children". NY Times. Retrieved 26 May 2008.
  4. "The 27th Academy Awards (1955) Nominees and Winners". (Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences). Retrieved 30 May 2019.
  5. "Preserved Projects". Academy Film Archive.