Transcript: British Government document called 'The Programme for Film Propaganda' produced in January 1940

(Catalogue ref: INF 1/867)

The Themes of our propaganda (Minister's memorandum 4) are:-

  1. What Britain is fighting for.
  2. How Britain fights.
  3. The need for sacrifices if the fight is to be won.

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I. What Britain is fighting for. This can be treated in

  1. Feature films
  2. Documentaries
  3. Cartoons

(a) The main subjects of feature films can be:-

  1. British life and character, showing our independence, toughness of fibre, sympathy with the under dog, etc

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(ii) British ideas and institution. Ideals such as freedom and institutions such as parliamentary government can be made the main subject of a drama or treated historically. It might be possible to do a great film on the history of British liberty and its repercussions in the world