Pathé: What A Scorcher!
The National Archives education team’s film of the month highlights a Pathé film relating to current events, anniversaries or key topics that you may be covering in the classroom.
This month’s clip is ‘What a Scorcher!’– a film about the Summer heatwave in 1949.
With this film, students could consider:
- What similarities and differences are there between London today and London in 1949? How has life changed in 50 years?
- What methods of keeping cool do people attempt?
- Why is there a section about Miami, Florida at the end?
- If this film were made today, what would you include?
This film could be used for Media Studies exploration of early film, alongside our Focus on Film topic website