Film ID:
NEFA 8528



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ICI film promoting a work study scheme to help improve ICI efficiency during hard economic times. Includes excellent  non-industrial sequences that illustrate some of the products manufactured with ICI materials, such as nylon (a woman with stockings), domestic scenes including valves for the TV, Formica tables, plastic ashtray, hoovering a carpet, scenes in Stockton market, haymaking, and men on ships during stormy weather,  to illustrate "pulling together." A commentary accompanies the film.

As a ship prepares to leave dock, men work at various stations on the deck hauling ropes and scaling ladders. The ship sets to sea and passes two lighthouses. Rough weather sets in.

Title: Everybody’s Job

Huge chemical processing vats and tubes come in to focus as the titles fade away. The scene briefly moves to Stockton, and a panorama of the High Street on market day.

Wreaths of corn are bundled together during the harvest. Farmhands, two men and a woman, shift hay with hay forks.

Scores of goods wagons, some filled with coal, overcrowded railway sidings.

Montage sequence as the commentary describes the various domestic uses of ICI products. A man polishes a car. A woman sits with tea and biscuits and thumbs through an ICI glossy magazine. A woman smiles as she unfurls a pair of nylon stockings. A handset is replaced on a plastic telephone. Light switches are flicked. A man knocks ash off his cigarette into a Prince Line black plastic ashtray. A woman in slippers vacuums a flower-patterned geometric carpet.

A strip of plywood is cut in two with a bandsaw. A woman cleans a Formica-topped kitchen table with a cloth. A Hoover icebox or washing machine can be seen in the background. Slices of white bread are dropped into a white porcelain bowl. A young girl bounces on an armchair holding a teddy bear. There is a close-up of a boy’s face being scrubbed with a sponge.

A valve is replaced in a radio. Two women chat while watching television. A woman removes a pan of water from an electric ring on a cooker. A butcher arranges his stock, moving a rack of beef ribs. A child pours a glass of lemonade. Three boys drink lemonade. A young lad fills his car with petrol from a self-service pump, and then tops up his oil levels.

There is a travelling shot past rows of post-war houses under construction.

Further views of Stockton market follow, including some close-ups of women buying groceries and browsing the stalls. Women and men are window shopping.

Scenes inside a Production and Efficiency Committee Meeting. Close-up of the first page of the Production Efficiency Scheme Constitution.

A succession of brief shots feature men at work as follows. Men operate lathes in a workshop. A team of bricklayers builds a wall. Molten metal is poured into a cast. A block of hot metal is shaped by a pile driver. A carpenter saws some frames. Canisters are loaded onto a lorry by a man operating a forklift truck.

A cleaner shovels some rubble into a barrow. Close-up of rope making. There are brief close-ups of men concentrating on their workshop activities. A scientist swills a liquid around a glass beaker. A woman measures a powder. Banks of gauges and instruments line the walls in a control centre. View of the numerous tanks which make up the Nitric Acid Plant.

Various architectural shots of the Amines Plant, the Acetone Plant, the Sodium Plant, the HCN Plant, a Nylon Moulding Powder Plant. A conveyer-loader machine works underground in the Anhydrite Mine shifting lumps of rock.

There are quick-fire shots of the Ammonia Compressors and Coke Ovens, and a boiler plant, an internal view of a power station and a new Sulphuric Acid Kiln.

A bricklayer checks the pointing on a wall. Shots of lorries and vans carrying goods. Sacks are loaded into the hull of a ship (possibly The City of Florence). A man directs the crane from below.

The film ends with archive footage of rough weather at sea.

Credit: Everybody’s Job was produced at the request of the Factory Committee of the Production Efficiency Organisation at Billingham. This organisation was set up by the Company and the Trade Unions to increase production efficiency.

Credit: The producers acknowledge the co-operation of Royal Mail Lines Ltd. And The Central Office of Information Film Library.

Credit: Commentary spoken by John Snagge, Frank Phillips, John Ellison.

Credit: Produced by the Billingham Film Unit