HC Deb 28 November 1944 vol 404 cc2426-7W
Lady Apsley

asked the Minister of Information, in view of the interest of the people of the U.K., the British Empire and neutral countries in the achievements of our Forces, why the short film, prepared by his Department, of the British and Canadian rout of the German armies in France is only being shown in one picture house in London and without any publicity; and if he will take steps to remedy this.

Mr. Thurtle

This film, which was made for the Ministry of Information by the United Kingdom and Canadian Army Film Unite, is being distributed through trade channels. After having had its first release in one West End cinema, it was generally released yesterday and will be shown in over 60 theatres in the London area. During the course of its run it should reach over 1,000 cinemas in this country, and will also be distributed throughout the Commonwealth and Empire and to many foreign countries. I see nothing to complain of in these very effective arrangements. The film has, in fact, received exceptionally wide publicity.