Skip to main content

Painter and Poet, No 4: John Gilpin

UK, 1951 (MIFF 1953, Experimental Films)

Director: John Halas

Four short films (Nos. 1 and 2 were shown at Olinda) made for the Festival of Britain. Paintings and drawings were specially executed to match the poems.

Painter and Poet, No. 4: John Gilpin (by William Cowper. Narrator: Cecil Trouncer. Drawings: Ronald Searle). Produced by John Halas for the British Film Institute. Camera: W. Traylor and R. Turk. Editor: Jack King. Music: Matyas Seiber. B&W, 16 mm, Sd, 9 mins.

See also...

Parkinson's Law

The film shows how not to run a business, with the aid of Parkinson's Law, invented by Sir Norman Parkinson. ... More »

The Axe and the Lamp

A diverting and irreverent cartoon which explores Bruegel's painting of the 'Netherlandish Proverbs'. The painting attacks sin with the axe of satire, and illuminates with the lamp of pity. ... More »

The Cultured Ape

This cartoon tells of a flute-playing ape, who in his tree in the jungle dreams of leading a civilised life among people who appreciate music. ... However, after being introduced into society he ... More »

Shoemaker and the Hatter

A defence of free trade. The hatter and the shoemaker are neighbours. The hatter makes one hat which he intends to sell at a high price; he secures a ban on the importation of hats. The shoemaker ... More »

Select a festival
Search The Film Archive
Browse By Director