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Introduction: Every Day Except Christmas (03:50)


This 1956 documentary follows workers around the market at Covent Garden. Every night, workers load produce onto a truck that Brian and Denis drives to the market. Lorries from around the region travel toward London. (Credits)

Night Shift Workers (04:52)

Market workers set-up displays and unload the lorries that arrived overnight. Flowers arrive from around Europe. Some workers take a moment to chat over tea.

Preparing the Market (06:38)

Brian and Denis deliver their cargo to Sid. Sid prepares mushrooms, grapes, and other produce for sale. Displays take shape throughout the small hours. Many workers sing or whistle while they work.

Market Readiness (05:56)

By 4:30 a.m., the market is ready for the salespeople and customers. Workers gather at a neighborhood diner before opening; not everyone at the diner works at the market.

Open for Business (02:53)

Daybreak brings more traffic to the market. Vegetables arrive from farms around London and wares are laid out for inspection; buying soon begins. Mr. Bayles looks for produce for a large West End store.

Flower Market (05:26)

Sales are brisk by 7 a.m. as representatives from regional shops look for the freshest flowers at the best price. The market’s porters were once all women, but Alice is the last female porter remaining. le

Peak Business (08:09)

Cafes are busy around the market, providing tea and sandwiches to buyers. The customers at Frank's are regulars and know what to expect. The rush is over by 10:30 a.m., and little is left by 11.

Credits: Every Day Except Christmas (00:07)

Credits: Every Day Except Christmas

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Every Day Except Christmas

Part of the Series : Free Cinema Collection
3-Year Streaming Price: $169.95



This is a study of working class life, but with an affectionate appreciation of the hard-working Covent Garden market porters. At nearly 40 minutes in length and with Walter Lassally’s virtuoso 35mm cinematography, it is a more polished production than the earliest examples of Free Cinema, while retaining the stylistic and tonal signatures of the movement. Every Day Except Christmas went on to win the Grand Prix at the 1957 Venice Film Festival.

Length: 38 minutes

Item#: BVL186343

Copyright date: ©1957

Closed Captioned

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