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  • Countries

    United Kingdom

  • Format


  • Producer/Director

    John Grierson

  • Duration in Minutes


  • Languages English
  • Video ID


  • Keyword(s)

    Working conditions,United Kingdom,Scotland,Safety at sea,Occupational hazards,North sea,Labour,Herring fisheries,Fishing methods,Fishing industry,fishing ground,Fishermen,fish markets,Employment

  • Description
  • Drifters is a silent documentary film by John Grierson. It tells the story of Britain's North Sea herring fishery. A crew of herring fishermen leave their village and set sail for the North Sea fishing grounds. The fishermen board their ships in harbour, sail to the banks, lay the nets, haul in the catch in the midst of a storm, race homeward to the auction of the catch at quayside. It includes images of Scotland and the sea, both important in Grierson's life and recurring in the films he produced. The focus is on the tension between different fishing practices in Britain.
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