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Eye to Eye: So Long to Learn

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The life so short, the craft... So Long to Learn

Chaucer's comment, written 600 years ago, provides the key to this week's Eye to Eye picture of present-day young people.
It tells the story of a boat-load of students, from the rival colleges of Battersea and Chelsea, on a summer outing on the Thames; dancing, talking, and thinking about the past and the future.
Made with the help of Battersea College of Technology and Chelsea Polytechnic and School of Art
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So Long 8.0 p.m.
The people in tonight's film are all young; and though perhaps not typical of all young people they are typical of students. They are a representative handful of the 100,000 who attend full-time courses (and to some extent are representative of the greater number who attend part-time courses) in our technical colleges and universities. They also represent the people who within the next generation will be the leaders in industry, academic life, and artistic thought.
For this edition of Eye to Eye we have chosen the rival colleges of Battersea and Chelsea, which by the end of the year will be among the first of the eight new colleges of advanced technology that are being set up by the Ministry of Education.
The film itself tells the story of a riverboat jazz party organised by the two colleges, and between dancing and enjoying themselves generally the students get involved in arguments. These, for example, deal with the advantages of going into industry as opposed to teaching; the narrowness of technical training - in which we see a lot of leg-pulling of the scientists by the artists - and finally, as the boat nears home, a discussion on religion. The programme also includes two big student raids.
The atmosphere of the whole programme is gay, and the title itself is part of a fuller Chaucer quotation - 'The Life so Short, the Craft So Long to Learn'.
(Rex Moorfoot)

Contributors

Producer: Rex Moorfoot
Research and script: Michael Orrom
Film Cameraman: Kenneth Westbury
Film Editor: Victor Stocker
Sound Recordist: Maurice Everitt
Sound Recordist: John Vizard
Sound Recordist: Robert Saunders
Songs composed and sung by: Paul McDowell
Songs composed and sung by: Brian Wright
Songs composed and sung by: Gwenda More






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