Night Mail, a nostalgic 1930’s documentary of the travelling mail train

Night Mail is a short documentary film produced in 1936 by the GPO [General Post Office] about the London to Glasgow postal train. The film’s aim was to show how mail was distributed around the country by mail train, in which mail was sorted.

The outstanding aspects of the film are the respect given to the workers of the Travelling Post Office and L.M.S Railway, Benjamin Britten’s musical score, and of W.H. Auden reading his poem Night Mail that brings the film to a close.

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