Established in April 1946, the Central Office of Information (COI) was the successor to the wartime Ministry of Information. It went on to produce and distribute thousands of films for use across Britain, the Commonwealth and the world. Many famous names passed through the COI, including luminaries of the British documentary movement such as Paul Rotha, Humphrey Jennings and Lindsay Anderson and in later years the likes of Hugh Hudson (Chariots of Fire) and Peter Greenaway (The Draughtsman’s Contract) This 2-disc Blu-ray collection brings together many of the COI’s most loved (and in some cases feared) productions including Design for Today, Apaches, Lonely Water and Charley’s March of Time. Also included are two previously unreleased COI classics, Smoking and You and Waverley Steps.
- A selection of Public Information Fillers (PIFs) including Grain Drain, Searching, Tornado Trailer, and AIDS: Iceberg which was directed by Nic Roeg and features music by Brian Eno