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THE NORTH v SOUTH by Sylvia Bull

The North v South final took place on Sunday 30th January 2005 and was, again, brilliantly hosted by Orpington Video and Film Makers at the Village Hall Farnborough.

We had lots of support for our entry "Time Out". Along with Norman and myself there were Diggy and Eve, Barbara and John, John Gannaway, John Green and Jack and Gwynne Ligertwood. Ken Kendall was unable to attend as his lovely wife Cecilia was poorly but I know he would have been there if he could.

The show started promptly at 3p.m. and the opening film was from the North and was entitled "Checkmate" which as you can guess from the title was about a game of chess that a man played against himself. I thought it was pretty good and I made a note that I particularly liked the music. Next came "Interception" from the South which, again, I liked. It was, however, over long. It was about a bomb disposal man investigating a box of Cadbury’s Milk Tray. I felt that a strategically placed clock could have shown the passing of time as our hero laboriously removed the cellophane wrapper and gingerly lifted the tray containing the chocs etc. - some fades would have built the tension far better but all in all a good use of the theme I thought. The next film was from Newcastle - "Intention" again I liked this one it was centred around a husband wanting to bump-off his wife and move in with his mistress - who was incidentally the wife’s best friend. They come up all sorts of ideas to frighten the wife into having a heart attack which she obligingly does. A bit long and drawn out. The next film was from our friends Spring Park and was the superb "Flat Out" - I wrote about this in SECOND TAKE following the Southern heat - and on second viewing it was just as good and every bit as funny as the first time. The final film of the first half was "End Game" from the North - I am afraid this one didn’t capture my imagination. It was a very well acted film aided by good sound recording considering that most of it was recorded outdoors on a windy and blustery day. The story revolves around a family, mother, father and teenage son being threatened over a mobile telephone by, as it turns out, a hoax car bomber. The title infers a game of chess as of which the protagonist treats his victims.

Orpington supplied their usual splendid refreshments - I later learned that Peggy made the vast majority of the cakes on offer. The flapjacks were the best I have ever tasted and I asked her for the recipe which she duly e-mailed to me a couple of days later.

The second half began with the South’s film "The Caretaker" - all about creepy muddy footprints and noises in a school or community centre. I thought it was very well acted but just failed to keep me enthralled. "Spoke to Soon" from Warrington Cine & Video Society was next and I am afraid the end of the film was telegraphed - if they had used some spooky music it might just have worked. It was about what appeared to be an intruder attempting to break into a house - i.e. sneaking around the back of the house and trying all the windows and door handles etc. then "luckily" coming across a front door key so he could let himself in and wander upstairs. Whereupon his "wife" sat up in bed and said where have you been till this hour etc. The superb "Time Out" made by us was next and it still looks good to me (no favouritism here!). "Vermin" from Stoke Cine & Video Society was next and this was a very uncomfortable film to watch for me. All about yobs constantly breaking into a couples house and the husband taking revenge on them. Tummy-turning shots of one of the yobs lying dead on a mortuary slab awaiting post-mortem examination. Just didn’t enjoy it - sorry. "Control Duel" from Cardiff was excellent. Air Traffic controllers moving planes around and ending up with a giant noughts and crosses game in the sky.

The audience was invited to choose their five best films and attempt to guess the theme for next year. The entire audience failed miserably and the winning films were: 1st Flat Out, 2nd Vermin, 3rd End Game, 4th TIME OUT (hurrah) 5th Control Duel. The theme for next time is: "TELL ME ABOUT IT" so get your thinking caps on folks and see if you can come up with a script or idea because we need to get on to it a.s.a.p.

 

 

SECOND TAKE February 2005

 

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