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NORTH v SOUTH FINALISTS 1993

The North v South Competition was founded in 1968 by John Wright, FACI, and run by him until after the 1991 contest, when health compelled him to pass the organisation on to Vic Williams and Mike Coad. The five finalists from the North and the five finalists from the South were chosen from heats in each area. The 1993 theme was 'Strangers'.

SOUTH
1. NO OTHER LOVE
Teign Cine & Video Club, Devon
Peter (Ken Baylis) finds his days difficult to fill since his early retirement. It is eight years since his divorce and he is lonely. When he bumps - literally - into Anne (Barbara Wheeler), in town for a conference, he is hopeful that this chance meeting can turn into a more permanent relationship ... Written and directed by Gordon Clarke.
IAC Silver Seal 1994

Story
22.mins


2. THE 11th COMMANDMENT
Shooters Hill Cine & Video Society
Subtitled 'Don't Talk to Strangers', with a lyric which continues, 'Cause they're only there to do you harm', this shows what happens when two lads (Roland and Adrian Mawlabaux) accept a lift from a woman driver (Yasamin Rowshankish). Written and directed by Roolam Mawlabaux. Widescreen format.
IAC Silver Seal 1995

Story
7.mins


3. FINAL CALL
Orpington Video & Film Makers, Kent
When her husband dies, elderly Mrs Lewis (Betty Purcell) is left all alone in her big house. Her daughter, Joan (Allison Purcell), and son-in-law, Tom (Malcolm Mountjoy), suggest that they move in to look after her. Their motives, however, are far from charitable ... Directed by Derek Allen from his story co-written with Reg Lancaster.
IAC Silver Seal 1994; IAC Gold Seal, Best Club  Award1995

Story
18.mins


4. SUBURBAN LINE
Circle Eight Film Group, Surrey
It seems like just an ordinary train journey until a man (Geoff Rayner) and a woman (Jenny Crease) start a rather public argument. A well-observed piece of story-telling by director Carol Day, with an excellent sound-track.
North v South 1st place 1993; IAC Gold Seal 1994

Story
11.mins


NORTH
5. A KILLER CALLS
Edinburgh Cine & Video Society, Scotland
When Tess (Ceri Roberts) opens the door at night to let in a stranger (Jim Ascroft) to make a phone-call for a breakdown van, she soon begins to have doubts about how wise she has been in being so trusting. And why is her flatmate, JoAnn (Shona Oliver), so late home? Also featuring Frank Mitchell. Story by Al Anderson; directed and edited by Ralph Fusco.
UNSUITABLE FOR CHILDREN
North v South 2nd place 1993; IAC Silver Seal 1994

Story
10.mins


6. SECOND FIDDLE
Rochdale Movie Makers
When a man (Geoff Alexander) brings home a video camera, his wife (Val Fielding) finds that she is no longer the centre of his attentions, so she starts a video diary to try to explain how she feels. Story and music: Geoff Alexander; producer Jonathan Wilde.
North v South 3rd place 1993; IAC Gold Seal, Best Humour Award 1994

Humour
Story
11.mins


7. BRIEF ENCOUNTERS
Southport Cine & Video Society, Lancs
Nagged by his wife Nora (Nicola Rippon), Nigel Jones (Viv Hewitson) falls for the perfect woman (Liz Malcolm). All sorts of accidents happen in pursuit of his love and he seeks an osteopath's help to put him to rights ... Produced and directed by Mike Waring from an original story by Arthur Emmett.
IAC Bronze Seal 1994

Story
15.mins


8. PERFECT STRANGERS
Newcastle ACA Film & Video Makers
The story follows two separate couples as they pack and set out from their homes for their annual holidays ...

Story
5.mins


9. OUT OF THE BLUE (Untitled)
Peel Cine Group
An elderly lady is kept captive in her home by an intruder who is on the run. Her voice-over as a poem describes her feelings throughout the nightmare experience.
Transfer from film (with some loss of original quality).

Story
12.mins


SOUTH
10. STRANGER IN THE BED
Class Films Amateur Cine Club, Surrey
A hungry bird eats an unusual seed which he cannot digest, setting in motion a chain of events which ends in fame and fortune for one observant individual.
Transfer from super 8 film.
IAC Gold Seal 1995

Animation
3.mins


Total running time 114 mins.

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