We’ve seen Showreel 87 on a previous tape, so here’s the next year’s helping of amateur filmmaking. Tony Robinson takes over from Sue Robbie this time.
First on show is Harris Tottle’s Day Off by Stephen Ryley.
Here’s Switch by Barry Seddon.
The next entry is from none other than Warwick Davis, Wicket the Ewok himself. It’s called Video Nasty.
Udwani by Neil Williams is a documentary about the plight of palestinian refugees.
Johnny and the Devil by Alison Pook is an animation of the Charlie Daniels Band’s The Devil Went Down to Georgia. It’s perfectly good, but I doubt the soundtrack would survive on Youtube.
Out Of The Blue is by Andrew Hopkins and Peter Sadler.
Sugar and Spice is by Eric Styles
Tony talks to one of the judges, Trevor Griffiths, about the importance of the script.
Kid’s Stuff is by Dorian Cowland.
The final film in this programme is Country World by Lisa Barrett-Brown & Nicola Highfield.
BBC Genome: BBC Two England, 26 December 1988 15.20
The next programme looks specifically at camerawork and lighting, and opens with a film from the guerrilla filmmaker himself, Chris Jones, called The Thing from Beneath the Bed.
I like Tony Robinson’s comment at the end about film lamps being called ‘blondes’ or ‘redheads’ – “What loveable, fatbellied, foulmouthed old chauvinists electricians can be.”
Heart of Stone is by Julie Ritson. The violent husband in this film looks very much like a young Steve Coogan.
Peace On The Line is a documentary about the women’s eace movement in Cyprus, by Marina Michealides.
Tony talks to new cameraman Dave Saunders.
Coffee Coloured Children is by Ngosi and Simon Onwurah.
If Tomorrow is by Eddie Taylor
A Drop Too Many by Deincourt Community Television
The Story of Johnny McGory is by John O’Donnell.
Director Hugh Hudson talks about directing.
Finally in this programme, Murder in the Forest by Nick Ball.
BBC Genome: BBC Two England, 27 December 1988 15.05
Before the next episode there’s the end of Jobson’s Choice, featuring Eddi Reader singing Find My Love.
Then there’s a short news bulletin. The top story was the appearance in court of men accused of theft from the site of the Lockerbie air crash. “Speculation was rising that the crash was caused by a bomb.”
There’s a trailer for Street Stories.
Then, the next episode of Showreel 88. This programme is looking at sound.
The first film featured is Charlie’s Dream by Toby Calder.
Amanda is by Gill Wilkinson. Featuring Joe McGann.
Goblin, by Tony James, is an impressive cel-animation.
Last Weekend is by Peter Rouillard. I think he over-eggs the dramatic editing right at the end.
Little Deuce Coupe is an animation by Simon Gaskin – animated to a pop song, so not YouTube friendly.
Tony talks to Rupert Murray about recording sound.
Then, there’s a rather marvellous stop-motion film based on 2000AD’s Nemesis the Warlock, made by Tony Luke.
Tony talks to dubbing mixer Ernest Marsh.
Javed is by Cliff Moustache.
The Cave is another stop-motion animation, by Ian Whitlock.
The final film is An Yang Oracle Bone by Leslie Mackenzie.
BBC Genome: BBC Two England, 28 December 1988 15.00
A side note before continuing – the recording transitions on this tape are all quite bad. So far, the switch from one recording to another has been accompanied by more than a second of poor sync (at least that’s what it looks like). So far, none of my other recordings are been like this, even much earlier ones, which leads me to suspect that these recordings were made on a different VCR than I normally used.
In the next programme, the first film is Unite or Perish by Christopher Baines.
The next film is a satire on the (future) 1992 election. “Unfortunately, the Conservative chairman in the film has such a completely disgusting name that the BBC has been forced to bleep it out.” The film is When the Vote Comes In by Paul Lewis.
This one has a good cast, including Jeff Rawle, although his unconvincing grey hair and American accent lets it down slightly.
Next up is Gipsy Lane by George Rossi.
Self Service is by Terence Mendoza and Paul Mercer
Tony talks to Bob Roots, an editor.
Isolated Incident is by Rochdale & District Cine Society.
Competition judge Jenny Barraclough talks about editing.
Nobody’s Perfect is by Stephen Hewitt and Kim Lightfoot.
And the final film is Save The World by Woodmill High School.
BBC Genome: BBC Two England, 29 December 1988 15.00
The last programme on this tape is the awards ceremony. It opens with some speeches by the judges.
Then the awards. As with last year, there’s controversy, this time with the under 18s, where the judges decided not to award a first prize, because they thought the standard of entries wasn’t high enough, but instead awards two second prizes to Save The World and A Drop Too Many.
No such controversy for the 18-25s, where both prizes are awarded.
Unlike last year, where none of the over 25s were deemed worthy of prizes, this year there were so many that two were awarded joint second prize. They were An Yang Oracle Bone and Goblin, but the big winner was Coffee Coloured Children.
BBC Genome: BBC Two England, 30 December 1988 15.00
The recording stops right after this programme.