For the past 60 years, the Public Information Film has been the governments main tool in keeping us safe – with the images they ingrained in our minds as we grew up making them cult viewing long after the need for advice on avoiding strange man, seeing the careers officer or falling into garden ponds.
And to celebrate these superb shorts and magnificent mini movies from the Central Office of Information (COI), the National Film Theatre is hosting a season of the best, under the title of Stop! Look! Listen! – The COI & 60 Years of Public Information Film-making in Britain.
The season runs from September 21st to October 17th. The opening nighty sounds a real winner, featuring a selection of the best-loved information films – mainly from the 70s, when they were as much a part of the culture as tank-tops, dodgy perms and platform shoes. Characters on display include Charley the Cat, Jo & Petunia, Tufty the Squirrel, and ‘Children’s Heroes’ Kevin Keegan and the Green Cross Code Man (Dave Prowse).
It’s pure nostalgia – but there’s nothing wrong with that.
Find out more from the NFT website