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NORTH v SOUTH FINALISTS 1998

The North v South Competition Final is between five entries from the north of Britain and five from the south. The competition was originally founded by the late John Wright, FACI. The Set Theme for 1998 was 'Take Two'.

NORTH
1. JUST ONE OF THOSE DAYS
Southport Cine and Video Society (Lancs) A young man (Viv Hewitson) has an important job interview, but has a very bad dream the night before ... Directed by Jason Smaridge and Mike Waring.

Story
11.mins


SOUTH
2. A SENSE OF GUILT
Guildford Institute Video Production Group (Surrey)
Frank (Peter Bradley) and Sally (Jan Bennett), who are currently strapped for cash, find a wallet with £500 by the towpath. The wife desperately wants a colour tv and persuades her husband to use the £500 to pay for one. Then the owner of the wallet returns, looking for it ... Directed by Maurice Barham.

Story
15.mins


NORTH
3. KEY TO THE MIND
Phoenix Video Club (Cheshire)
An elderly lady (Betty Jones), driving along a country road, nearly knocks over an elderly man (Don Saunders). As he seems slightly confused, she takes him back to his place, makes him some tea and hears about his life. But everything is not so straightforward ... Directed by Alan Colter.

Story
12.mins


SOUTH
4. IT'S ALL IN THE FUTURE
Portsmouth Cine & Video Club (Hants.)
Mel (Angela Owens) is getting married. The photographer, Jed (Charles Collett), comes to the house to take some pictures - but they have known each other in the past ... Directed by Charles Collett and Angela Owens.

Story
16.mins


NORTH
5. THE INITIATE
Swan Movie Makers (Cheshire)
Donna (Donna Quennell), a recent widow, is invited to join a meeting of some other women (Ena Tilston, Dawn Owen) at the house of the vicar (Charles Abbott) and his wife (Joyce Abbott). The women's motives are somewhat complicated, but the vicar himself is an innocent ... Directed by Ray Dunbobbin.

Story
17.mins


SOUTH
6. THE MONKEY'S PAW
Medway Camcorder Club (Kent)
This classic one-act play by W.W. Jacobs, set in the late 1800s, has been well transferred to the screen, with an excellent set making a positive contribution, together with the lighting, to the atmosphere. Mr White (Alan Whippy) and his wife (Gwen Whippy) are in their cottage one evening with their son, Herbert (Paul Tomkies) and two friends, Sgt Major Morris (Frank Linton) and Mr Sampson (Terry Walsh). The Sgt Major is persuaded to tell the story of a monkey's paw which has come into his possession and how this happened ... Directed by Jeff Friend.

Story
b&w
20.mins


NORTH
7. CHAIN REACTION
Preston Movie Makers (Lancs.)
The 'adventures' of a £5 note as it passes from person to person. Written, edited and directed by Pavel Szylobryt.

Story
15.mins


SOUTH
8. IT WAS YOU
Tewkesbury Video Camera Club (Glos)
Phillip (Brian Watkins), an American historian living in Tewkesbury and married to Jessie (Paula Brooks), a 'nag' who wants to go back to Oregon for their daughter's wedding, is out of work and with no prospects. After an abortive visit to the bank manager (instigated by Jessie!), on the way home Phillip manages to get into Tewkesbury Abbey - which needs several million pounds for restoration - where the ghost of a long-dead monk (Geoff Guy) appears to him ...

Story
16.mins


NORTH
9. TAKING THE PLUNGE
Southport Cine and Video Society (Lancs)
Neil (Peter Forshaw) is being seriously pressurised by Yvonne (Trudi Hirsch) to meet her parents, Irene and Ron (Trish Pemberton and Norman Hope). He eventually 'takes the plunge', with unexpected results ...

Humour
17.mins


SOUTH
10. THE AUTUMN YEARS
Teign Cine and Video Club (Devon)
An elderly man (Ken Baylis), having not long lost his wife, visits the cemetery. Subsequently, he wanders through the local park, lost in his thoughts, and has a series of encounters. Written and directed by Ken Baylis.
IAC Gold Seal, Best Affiliated Club Entry 1999

Donated by the competition organisers.

Story
10.mins


Total running time 149 mins.

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