Review by Mark Schwab
June 16th, 2017
THE BROKEN BRIDGE is a very short documentary about the collapse of the Tadcaster Bridge in North Yorkshire, England. The ancient bridge (built in 1700) was a critical entrance to the charming brewery town of Tadcaster and its collapse caused townhall-style meetings and 13 months' worth or repairs.
Director George Bartlett has put up a very nice production, with sweeping shots of the town of Tadcaster as well as actual footage of the bridge collapsing in December 2015. Even with the tiny 7-minute runtime (which includes credits), Bartlett manages to get the viewer engaged with the town folk and caught up in their positive attitudes and embodying the "Keep Calm and Carry On" slogan.
Although I wish it was a lot longer - I think this incident deserves at least 15 to 20 minutes worth of exploring - and the music score was toned down a touch (sweepingly huge symphonic music brings a bit too much attention to itself at times), THE BROKEN BRIDGE will charm you and make you at least go to its Wikipedia page to learn more about Tadcaster. And, really, what's wrong with that?