Snow, directed by Geoffrey Jones, 1963. From the BFI’s archives.
“Comprising train and track footage quickly shot just before a heavy winter’s snowfall was melting, the award-winning classic that emerged from the cutting-room compresses British Rail’s dedication to blizzard-battling into a thrilling eight-minute montage cut to music.”
Said music is by Daphne Oram, an early British electronic music pioneer, instrumental in founding the Radiophonic Workshop. From the notes to the album Oramics: “The 1963 ‘Snow’ is ingenious, but somehow uncharacteristic. For this, a tape of a Sandy Nelson jazz drumming piece is slowly speeded up according to an accelerando structure.”