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GUERNSEY LILY TOP AWARDS 1997

A selection of winning entries in the competition held as part of the sixth annual Guernsey Lily International Amateur Film and Video Festival.

1. ROOFTOP
Omid Nooshin (Surrey)
'Life is a game', says the commentator at the start of this film. And although the story centres around a group of youngsters, there's a lot more to it than that! This is a really tense thriller, where all the elements seem to 'gel' perfectly - the acting, camerawork, lighting, editing, sound, and music (specially composed by David Perkins and Omid Nooshin) - everything, in fact! The director also co-wrote and co-produced. How gratifying to learn that the British Council has taken up this film for world-wide distribution! Widescreen format.
Transfer from 16mm film.
Guernsey Lily, Best Editing Award, Best Fiction 1997; IAC Best Open, Best British Open 1997; UNICA Gold Medal, Special Awards: Youth/Direction 1998

Story
26.mins


2. SUMMER WIND
Ching C. Ip (USA)
A young Japanese-American masseur, involved with an older woman, remembers incidents in his childhood. A young Japanese girl calls at his flat looking for her Japanese boyfriend, Ricky, but the masseur tells her that he is not there and never has been ... A 'mood' movie, well shot and edited, featuring the haunting Dreams sung by Roy Orbison.
SOME BAD LANGUAGE
Guernsey Lily, Best Script 1997

Story
13.mins


3. J'ATTENDRAI (I SHALL WAIT)
St. Cuthbert Films (Newcastle-on-Tyne)
It is 1946 and Henri (Anthony Coff), a French Jewish refugee in a village in the north of England, believes he is the only survivor of his family. He earns money by selling onions (in the French style) in the district, and slowly makes friends with some local boys, especially Tommy Watkins (Russell Dunn). Gradually, his history emerges in more detail ... Story and screenplay by David Peffer; production: Frank Hodges.
Guernsey Lily 1997; IAC Gold Seal, Special Award: Acting - Young Person (Anthony Coff)

Story
25.mins


4. 1000 COMMITMENTS TO GOD
Pyramid Productions (Hampshire)
A compelling, if somewhat harrowing, account of the obsessive behaviour of Matthew (Bram Williams), and revealing, via his confidant (Kevin Gower), his mixed-up feelings and fantasies about God, religion, crucifixion and guilt, wherein his Mother (Lorraine Hilton) also appears as a Harlot. This is a dramatised case study from Dr. Judith Rappaport's book The Boy Who Couldn't Stop Washing, examining the condition known as Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. Directed by Dave Cook.
NOT SUITABLE FOR CHILDREN
BAVA Trophy 1997; Guernsey Lily, Best Photography Award 1997; UNICA Bronze Medal 2000

Story
b&w
11.mins


5. PARALLEL LINES
Don Kent (Worcestershire)
A commercial photographer, Julia (Karen Heard), receives the offer of a job-of-a-lifetime in S‹o Paulo. However, her fiancé Simon (Simon Atkins) is less then enthusiastic because he wants them to get married. Julia agrees to think about it for 24 hours. But something happens during that day ... Believable acting and a good script enhance this well-shot and edited movie. Directed by Patrick Amery from a story by Lynn Barker.
Guernsey Lily, Best Acting (Karen Heard) 1997; IAC Gold Seal, Best Club, Special Commendation for Acting (Karen Heard) 1998

Story
17.mins


6. PAST IMPERFECT, FUTURE PERFECT?
Trick Productions (Devon)
A young man (Ben Portus), holidaying in the West Country, visits an old house which used to be in his hosts' family. There he meets Tomasina (Tamsin Harvey) and they begin to grow fond of one another ... Original score by Tim Woodward; written and directed by Tristan Harvey for Torquay Boys' Grammar School. Guernsey Lily 1997; IAC International Award (Youth), Best Story 1997

Donated by the competition organisers.

Story
12.mins


Total running time 104 mins.

Not available for hire at present.


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