Public information film

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Public information films (PIFs) are a series of government-commissioned short films, shown during television advertising breaks in the United Kingdom.wikipedia
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Public service announcement

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The US equivalent is the public service announcement (PSA).
In the UK, they are generally called 'public information films' (PIFs); in Hong Kong, they are known as 'announcements in the public interest' ('APIs').

Charley Says

Charley Says is a series of very short cut-out animated cartoon public information films for children, produced by the British government's Central Office of Information and broadcast in the United Kingdom in the 1970s and 1980s.

Apaches (film)

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Apaches is a public information film made in the United Kingdom in 1977.

Green Cross Code

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Prior to the introduction of the Green Cross campaign, a series of puppet animation public information films, featuring Tufty Fluffytail and narrated by Bernard Cribbins were in regular broadcast rotation across the UK.

Protect and Survive

The song Two Tribes by Frankie Goes to Hollywood made use of the sirens from the Protect and Survive films.
It is intended to inform British citizens on how to protect themselves during a nuclear attack, and consists of a mixture of pamphlets, radio broadcasts, and public information films.

Robbie (film)

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Although it is not strictly a Public Information Film, it is often considered to be so by fans of the genre.

Lonely Water

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Lonely Water (widely known as The Spirit of Dark and Lonely Water) is a 1973 British Public Information short film made for the Central Office of Information (COI).

Joe and Petunia

Joe and Petunia are characters from a series of public information films in the UK.

Patrick Allen

He narrated the British Government's Protect and Survive series of public information films in the 1970s; some of his lines in that production were re-recorded and sampled into the single "Two Tribes" by the band Frankie Goes to Hollywood.

Richard Massingham

The earliest PIFs were made during the Second World War years and shown in cinemas; many were made by and starred Richard Massingham, an amateur actor who set up Public Relationship Films Ltd when he discovered there was no specialist film company in the area.
Richard Massingham (31 January 1898 in Sleaford, Lincolnshire – 1 April 1953 in Biddenden, Kent) was a British actor who is principally noted for starring in public information films made in the 1940s and early 1950s.

Kenny Everett

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In 1973, Everett provided the voice of the cat 'Charley' in the Charley Says animated series of public information films.

Clunk Click Every Trip

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"Clunk Click Every Trip" is the slogan of a series of British public information films, commencing in the summer of 1970 presented by Shaw Taylor, then in January 1971, starring the now-disgraced entertainer Jimmy Savile.

Central Office of Information

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After the war, PIFs were produced by the Central Office of Information (now closed), and again by private contractors, which were usually small film companies.
COI celebrated its 60th anniversary in 2006 with several events including a film season at the National Film Theatre and a poll to find Britain's favourite public information film on the BBC website.

Donald Pleasence

Pleasence provided the voice-over for the British public information film, The Spirit of Dark and Lonely Water (1973).

Julie (public information film)

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Julie, also known as Julie knew her killer, is the title of a British public information film (PIF) about the importance of wearing a seatbelt in the rear of a car.

Cow (public service announcement)

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Cow, also titled Only Stwpd Cowz Txt N Drive, is a 30-minute YouTube public information film (PIF) directed by Peter Watkins-Hughes with assistance from Gwent Police and Tredegar Comprehensive School.

British Transport Films

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BTF also produced the controversial The Finishing Line (1976) and Robbie (1979), which warned children against trespassing on railway lines and are often thought of as Public Information Films.

Drinking and Driving Wrecks Lives

Drinking And Driving Wrecks Lives is the tagline to a series of public information films (PIFs) that ran in the UK between 1987 and 1997, addressing the problem of drink-driving.

Reginald Molehusband

Reginald Molehusband was a fictional character who starred in a public information film commissioned by the Central Office of Information and shown on British TV during the 1960s.

Jimmy Savile

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Savile presented a series of Public Information Films promoting road safety, notably "Clunk Click Every Trip", which promoted the use of seatbelts, the clunk representing the sound of the door and the click the sound of the seatbelt fastening.

Amber Gambler

Amber Gambler is a metaphorical phrase and the title of a British public information film (PIF) from the 1970s, about the dangers of speeding through traffic lights before the amber changes to red "when there is ample time to stop", or in advance of it turning to green.

Ghost Box Records

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A number of musical artists have been heavily influenced by the analogue, overdriven sound of British PIFs, including Boards of Canada and most artists on the Ghost Box Records label, especially The Advisory Circle, whose album Other Channels directly references or samples many PIFs, including Keep Warm, Keep Well.
The label's distinctive aesthetic draws on outdated and esoteric British cultural sources from the postwar period, including early electronic and library music, public information films, educational resources, occult stories, and BBC science-fiction programs.

The Advisory Circle

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A number of musical artists have been heavily influenced by the analogue, overdriven sound of British PIFs, including Boards of Canada and most artists on the Ghost Box Records label, especially The Advisory Circle, whose album Other Channels directly references or samples many PIFs, including Keep Warm, Keep Well.
An extensive feature in The Wire magazine explored Brooks' fascination with public information films from the 1970s.

John Hurt

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Hurt provided the voiceover for AIDS: Iceberg/Tombstone, a 1986 public information film warning of the dangers of AIDS, and played the title role, the on-screen narrator, in Jim Henson's television series The StoryTeller (1988).

Two Tribes

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The song Two Tribes by Frankie Goes to Hollywood made use of the sirens from the Protect and Survive films.
The track featured snippets of narration from actor Patrick Allen, recreating his narration from the British Protect and Survive public information films about how to survive a nuclear war.