Title ID 6055Collection ID848
TitleThe Story of Yeast
CollectionNorth Downs Film Unit
Genre/TypeAmateurCine/Video clubNon-fictionFictionActuality/FactualDocu-Drama
ThemeCine Club Film-making
KeywordsFood Workers Women
LocalBlindley Heath
NationalEngland United Kingdom
ProductionNorth Downs Cinematograph Society
DirectorNorth Downs Cinematograph Society
FormatStandard 8mm Colour Silent
Duration9 min. 10 sec.
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details


A scientific approach to baking and making raisin wine, produced by the North Downs Cinematograph Society in the mid 1960s.


A pink painted title card reads "The Story of Yeast". A diagram of a yeast cell is shown, naming the nucleus, storage granule, central granule, vacuole, cell wall, cytoplasm, mitochondria and bud scar. Packets of yeast follow, opened by a woman's hands to show the contents. Cornflakes, Trill, tablets and Marmite are placed on the table. A man with a microscope is seen in a white jacket. He performs experiments, extracting a substance from a test tube. A man opens a fridge in the laboratory to reveal more test tubes.

In Blindley Heath, a woman breaks up yeast into a large bucket, mixing it with water. A machine mixes flour and the yeast mixture in a rotating bowl. The dough is pulled out by one of the bakers. A woman weighs out the mixture, while another kneads the dough before placing it in a loaf tin. A man puts the tins in the oven, pushing them to the back. He removes the tins before the bread is seen on shelves in a shop.

A woman kneads bread in her kitchen. She takes the loaf out of the oven, setting it beside another loaf an some bread rolls.

A recipe for "Raisin Wine III" is shown and demonstrated. The ingredients are placed on a work surface. A woman empties their contents into a small jug, mixing with a spoon. She mixes the raisins in a food processor and mixes contents of the two jugs, decanting the wine into glass jar. The mixture is shown after a time, clear and yellow.