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 HAROLD BAIM'S QUOTA QUICKIES

A Lifetime Ago
Harold Baim's 
"Quota Quickies"

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A Lifetime Ago
Harold Baim's "Quota Quickies"

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A Lifetime Ago 
Harold Baim's
"Quota Quickies"

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WHAT ARE THE QUOTA QUICKIES?

15 and 30 minute short feature documentaries originally made for UK Cinema release. Today these “quota” films are considered by some people as a guilty pleasure. A glimpse of the last century; an insight into daily life; an evolving pre-internet world of art music and fashion.

The need for a quota of British films was noted in 1927 when the ratio of American to British films shown in cinemas had dropped to sixteen to one. The government acted to prop up the failing British film industry and an Act of Parliament - The Cinematograph Films Act of 1927 - required a “quota” of British films be shown in cinemas.

Harold Baim was one of the most prolific producers of short feature documentaries. By the mid ’60s, Baim’s films numbered about a third of all short quota films made in the UK. His cinematic legacy provides a marvellous insight into everyday life and he is rightly described as ‘an accidental historian’.                    

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A Lifetime Ago
Harold Baim's
"Quota Quickies"

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As seen on Talking Pictures TV  Freeview 82
 Freesat 306 Sky 328 Virgin 445

Something can send your mind back through the years
A name or a sound or a song
And you're back in the moment with laughter or tears
The shadows of life can be long.
The word is 'nostalgia', a pain for the past
But if pain is the price that you pay
"Why live in the past, then?" I asked an old friend
He said "It's better than living today."
   Norman Wheatley Waterlight Music 2006