These sprightly scenes of women partaking in energetic group exercise at a local community hall - add up to something of a wartime curio. Special emphasis is placed on the importance of healthy feet: "Well-exercised feet help you keep fresh in housework or shopping or standing about at your job".
With WWII well underway, women watching this film would typically have been working in a munitions factory or on an aircraft assembly line - where there wouldn't have been too much time for 'standing about'! The film was part of a wider three-year national fitness campaign organised by the National Fitness Council for England and Wales, which issued grants to local authorities to run fitness classes like the one shown here.
Mary Field (1896 – 1968) - English film producer and director, particularly associated with documentary, educational, and children's films. Her career as a filmmaker began in 1928, as she took over from F. Percy Smith (British naturalist and early nature documentary pioneer) writing, directing, and editing the Secrets of Nature , a short black-and-white documentary film series, consisting of 144 films. The timing of her career meant that she was one of the first British women to be an established, professional film director and producer, and she oversaw the transition to sound in instructional films. From 1944 she mainly worked on children's films, was a consultant for UNESCO's Centre of Films for Children and in 1954, she was awarded an OBE for her services to educational and children's film.
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