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< WESTCLIFF SHOWREEL 1993

A selection of the movies made in 1993 by this Essex Society's members, compiled by Graham Gardener, Geraldine Warren and Roy Presswell. The programme is presented by John Eaton. An interval may be taken between items 7 and 8, if desired.

1. UNDER COVER
Terry Mendoza
Roger Cork, a television investigative journalist, brilliantly played by Dave Aldous, takes his film crew into the back streets of Southend to uncover the truth about Mr Smith, an unqualified surgeon operating as a transcapitation consultant, bringing misery and ruin to the lives of his patients. Also featuring members of Westcliff's Operatic & Dramatic Society.
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BAVA Runner-up 1992; IAC Daily Mail Trophy, Best Video Award, Best Humour Award, Best Acting Award (Dave Aldous) 1992

Story
7.mins


2. A QUICK SAFARI
Graham Gardener
A very short, superbly edited montage to music of a trip through Africa, with scenes taken in Uganda and Kenya, including Mombassa, Nairobi and the Aberdare National Park (Treetops).
IAC International Award, Best Photography Award 1992

Visual
3.mins


3. THE LITTLE MATCH GIRL
George Daniels
A deceptively simple, but touching, animation version of the famous Hans Andersen story, with narration by John Tabert.
Transfer from super 8 film.

Animation
Story
b&w
6.mins


4. NO WATER NO PAY
Graham Gardener and Geraldine Warren
Don Wilkins, a Cornish water-diviner, and his wife Margaret, set to work to discover water on Roscollas Farm, Treverva. To date, dowser Don has drilled 1300 holes and, as the title reveals, he has a golden rule on behalf of his customers ...
BAVA Trophy 3rd Prize, Best Documentary Award 1993

Documentary
13.mins


5. MASQUE
Terry Mendoza
Regardless of the weather, each year in the two weeks before Lent, Venice celebrates its scandalous 18th-Century debauchery with Carnivale! A slick music montage of fascinating faces, filmed in 1991.
IAC Silver Seal 1993

Visual
3.mins


6. SPIRIT LEVEL
John Tabert
Albert Grimes (Jim Downes), a rather crotchety old man, has a nasty turn at Christmas ... !

Story
12.mins


7. FLAMINGO FOLLIES
Don Mouatt *
A colourful sequence of shots of flamingos (and the occasional other bird) cut to some of the music of Dance of the Hours by Ponchielli (sometimes wrongly attributed to Tchaikovsky!).

Visual
2.mins


8. CARLING
Don Mouatt *
The first of three short, mock commercials in this compilation, in which a glass-blower has a problem!

Humour
1.mins


9. NITRO
Nigel Woodham
A mock commercial dealing with that perennial question - 'which detergent?'!

Humour
1.mins


10. HAP PEE NESS IS ...
Graham Gardener
This is a parody of a well-known series of cigar adverts. A park visitor gets increasingly desperate to answer a call of nature, but is frustrated by a locked loo door ...
BAVA Trophy 1993

Humour
2.mins


11. TIME & TIME AGAIN
Terry Mendoza
It seems like just another 'bad' Monday morning for Len (David Aldous), a newspaper photographer. His assignment today is to make Liz (Tricia Kent) look like the Mona Lisa, to illustrate an article about a replica of Leonardo da Vinci's time machine ... Also featuring Roy and Richard Foster. Written by Peter Davison and Terry Mendoza; photography: Simon Frith; lighting: Tony Lench; sound: Paul Mercer.
IAC Gold Seal 1993

Story
19.mins


12. AGAIN AND AGAIN
Graham Gardener
A fascinating behind-the-scenes look at the making of Time & Time Again (see above). Terry Mendoza, Peter Davison and many of the technical and artistic team contribute with anecdotes that tell the whole story of how this complicated costume drama was made. Superbly shot and edited, this is compulsive viewing for movie-makers and movie-viewers alike.
IAC Gold Seal, Best Documentary Award, Best Editing Award 1993

Donated by Westcliff Film & Video Club

Documentary
30.mins


Total running time 105 mins. including the introductions.

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