Useful notes: Extracts from a British Government document called ‘The Programme for Film Propaganda’ produced in January 1940

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This extract comes from a document that was produced in January 1940 by Sir Kenneth Clark. Clark was put in charge of the films division of the Ministry of Information when the war began in 1939. His prewar job was in the National Gallery.

One of Clark′s main achievements was to give the films division of the Ministry of Information a clear sense of what it was trying to do. Clark consulted a range of experts in film and propaganda and pulled together their ideas in this document.

His policy for wartime film could be summed up as follows: