First on this tape, The Trouble with Mr Bean. Mr Bean visits the dentist, played by Richard Wilson.
And gets a ticket from Caroline Quentin
Then it’s over to Channel 4 for Stand By Me, another film from director Rob Reiner of Spinal Tap fame. It’s based on a short story by Stephen King, but it’s no horror film.
Narrated from adulthood by Richard Dreyfuss, it’s a story of childhood, and four friends who go off on an adventure to find the dead body of a boy who was reputedly hit by a train.
Wil Wheaton, later to play Wesley Crusher, currently nerd king of the internet, plays the narrator, Gordy, a young writer who’s unhappy at home.
He’s living in the shadow of his dead older brother, played in flashback by John Cusack, and the disapproval of his father.
His friends are River Phoenix, known locally as a tearway, but who desperately wants to escape the life that his status seems to be handing him.
Corey Feldman plays the obligatory Corey Feldman character.
And Jerry O’Connell plays ‘the fat kid’. He would go on to star in the strangely popular 90s alternate reality TV show Sliders as a ruggedly handsome grown-up.
The villain of the piece is Kiefer Sutherland, still sporting his Lost Boys haircut.
It’s a lovely film, with strong performances from all the leads, and has an added poignancy because the whole reminiscence of the film was triggered by the untimely death of Phoenix’s character, stabbed in a bar trying to defuse an argument. Time has lent this an echo of Phoenix’s own early death.
After the film, there’s a music programme, Paul Brady Echoes and Extracts.
Then, there’s an animated film, Anijam, a film made by 22 different animators, each doing one sequence, and each having to follow from the final image in the previous animator’s sequence. They didn’t know what happened in the previous sequences or in the next ones. The only constraint is that the sequence had to begin and end with Foska, the main character of the piece.
Then there’s another animation, Garbage In Garbage Out by Terry Wozniak.
Then, Channel 4 closes down as Erica wishes us a good night.
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