• Short Summary

    A baker demonstrates his hobby, bread sculpting, and shows off some of his elaborate creations.

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    Bayswater, London.

    C/U of a table covered in flour. A pair of hands are rolling narrow strips of dough and placing them into rows of four. C/U of the hands plaiting the strips of dough. The hands belong to John Nixey who has been a baker since the age of fifteen. Various shots of the dough being plated. John moves on to another set of smaller strips and plaits them. John takes two unbaked plaited loafs and squashes them together before placing the smaller plait on top to create one large loaf. Another baker enters with a large baking tray onto which John places the loaf. The baker exits carrying the baking tray.

    M/S of a table in another area of the bakery. In the background are several complicated models made from bread. Although these models will never be eaten as they are the products of John's hobby - bread sculpting. John is working on an unbaked model of a wheatsheaf. C/U of John's face. C/U of his hands adding the final pieces of corn. The narrator explains that the wheatsheaf takes John two hours to make as the 300 ears of wheat have to be modelled separately. M/S of John at work, in the background the other baker is rolling strips of dough. C/U of the other baker at work. Tilt down to a long piece of dough he is rolling. Once the other baker has rolled several long thin pieces of dough, John takes over. C/U of John's hands twisting the thin strips into a complicated knot. C/U of the knot being placed around the wheat sheaf and tucked underneath. Top shot of the almost completed wheatsheaf. C/U of John using scissors to create patterns on the dough. C/U of John's face. C/U of the unbaked wheatsheaf, panning shot across to a similar cooked wheatsheaf. John has special secret recipe for the dough so it keeps for a long time and is easy to model with.

    C/U of a traditional harvest model of a basket containing loaves and fishes. C/U of a huge complicated model of a field of corn and a windmill. Panning shot to show all the details of the model. C/U of the lower half of a model called 'Horn of Plenty' - tilt up to display model fruit and loaves sticking out from the top of the horn shaped basket.

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    Colour pictorials
    British Pathé
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    Available on request
    Time in/Out:
    01:19:02:00 / 01:21:18:00
    CP 154

Comments (1)

  1. Unknown user says

    Very interesting mini-documentary. Does anyone know who the narrator for this piece was?

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