Humphrey jennings's film Diary for Timothy was made in 1944-5 and released in 1946. In marking a moment when the war was coming to an end, the film situates its story in a transitional place between war and post-war. At its centre is the figure of a baby boy born on the fifth anniversary of war - 3 September 1944. The film addresses him, both telling him the story of what has been happening in Britain in the first six months of his life, and entrusting him with the task of making a different world when the war is over. Timothy, representing the future generation, is both what the war has been fought for - "though we didn't exactly know it" - and the symbol of rebirth and renewal.