Covering twenty-four hours in London during the Blitz, Fires Were Started is the story of a day in the life of the Auxiliary Fire Service. On the same day that a new recruit joins up, warning comes in that a heavy attack is expected that night.
Fires Were Started is disputably both fiction and documentary - it is a re-enactment, but of real events, using actual A.F.S servicemen and women as its leading roles. An astonishingly intimate portrait of a besieged Britain.
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"No other British film made during the war, documentary or feature, achieved such a continuous or poignant truthfulness." - Lindsay Anderson