|Fires Were Started|
Still from the documentary Fires Were Started
|Directed by||Humphrey Jennings|
|Produced by||Ian Dalrymple|
|Written by||Humphrey Jennings|
T. P. Smith
|Music by||William Alwyn|
|Edited by||Stewart McAllister|
|Distributed by||Crown Film Unit|
|12 April 1943 (UK)|
Fires Were Started is a 1943 British film written and directed by Humphrey Jennings. Filmed in documentary style, it shows the lives of firefighters through the Blitz during the Second World War. The film uses actual firemen (including Cyril Demarne) rather than professional actors.
Exterior shots were filmed on location, while the interior scenes were shot at Pinewood Studios. Jennings's first cut of the film was titled I Was a Fireman and ran to 74 minutes. This was cut down to 65 minutes and released as Fires Were Started.
- Winston 1999, p. 66.
- Winston, Brian (1999). Fires Were Started. BFI Film classics. London: BFI Publishing. ISBN 978-0-85170-773-0.
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