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NORTH v SOUTH FINALISTS 1994

The North v South Competition Final is a contest between five entries from the north of Britain and five from the south, chosen from heats in each area. The judges each year choose the following year's set theme and for 1994 chose 'Stars'. The final took place on January 22, 1995, simultaneously at Altrincham in the North and Dunton in the South.

NORTH

1. STAGE MANAGED
Edinburgh Cine & Video Society (Scotland)
Stella (Ray Read) arrives at the local theatre. After making preparations in a dressing-room, she is called to the stage, where rehearsals are in progress for a musical ... Directed by Bob Bell.
IAC Silver Seal 1995

Story
8.mins


2. STARS IN HER EYES
Altrincham Cine-Video Club
A young girl (Anna Pownall) comes home after school and starts to watch a video on television ... Directed by Frank Hicklin.

Story
5.mins


3. I REMEMBER GEORGE
Burnley Cine and Video Society
A selection of George Formby's songs, played and sung by Lee Mannering. Directed by Carl Stredder.

Humour
7.mins


4. THE TV REPAIRMAN
Southport Cine & Video Society (Lancs)
A one-time star, Dinah Meyer (Pat Street), now '54' going on 60(!) has come home. A local, not very successful, newspaper reporter, Phil Sharples (Roy Carruthers), is desperate to interview her, and to this end gets an electrician (Viv Hewitson) to 'fix' the star's TV set. The reporter, pretending to be 'The TV Repairman', gets into her hotel room and she gives him an interview, but things take a turn from what he expects ... Written and directed by Roy Carruthers.
North v South 3rd place 1994; IAC Silver Seal 1995

Story
15.mins


5. BETRAYAL
Betley Film Club
Ted (Peter J. Graham) finds cigarette ash on the floor of the car belonging to his wife Sally (Kathryn M. Jones), while he is cleaning it and suspects her of having an affair. He decides to keep an eye on her. Following her, he sees her meet a man (Nigel Peever) ... Written and directed by Mike Smith.

Story
18.mins


SOUTH
6. TIME TWINS
Staines Cine & Video Society
Anna (Maureen Frost), an amateur astrologer, hears about the theory of 'Time Twins' (two people born at the same time on the same day of the same year) and decides to advertise for her 'time twin'. After receiving a reply from Joanna (Jackie Hayward), in which there are some startling similarities to herself, they agree to meet, with unexpected results ... Good performances, including the excellent 'storyteller' in Bert Houlding. Directed by Ken Ferguson.
North v South 4th place 1994

Story
17.mins


7. LOOKING UP LINDA
Circle 8 Film Group (Surrey)
Martin Brown (Malcolm Bridger) has a wife and three daughters, all of whom treat him casually - to say the least - and who have all gone out one day, leaving him alone. He puts an old record on the player and, responding to the music, gets nostalgic. He looks up an old diary and finds the address of an ex-girl friend, Linda (Colette Gibbins). He goes in search of her ... Directed by Dawn Owers.

Story
22.mins


8. GUARDIAN ANGEL
Teign Cine & Video Club (Devon)
Angela (Barbara Wheeler) and John Baker (Ken Baylis) are business partners in a solicitors' practice. On John's return from a trip to Paris with his wife Helen (Margaret Gray), they are met unexpectedly by Angela, who warns him of the state of mind of her brother Richard (Roger Western), after having been involved in an air crash a year earlier ... Written by Margaret Gray and Ken Baylis, who also directed.
North v South 2nd place 1994; IAC Silver Seal 1995

Story
21.mins


9. IT WAS ALL IN THE STARS
Cardiff Cine & Video Society (South Wales)
A man (Alan Grove) goes home after visiting the pub then the takeaway fish-and-chip shop. At home, while eating his supper, he starts to read the newspaper it has been wrapped in, and sees some racing results. Checking the newspaper date, he is puzzled to see it's the next day's. Thinking they've misprinted it, he throws the paper away. Next day, checking the racing form on TV, he realises that the winners he read about are running that day, so rushes to the bookmakers' to get his bet on! ... Produced by Ian Malcolm.

Story
8.mins


10. THE GREEN ROOM
Orpington Video and Film Makers (Kent)
Film Producer/Director Tony Randall (Malcolm Mountjoy) decides to make a documentary about well-known actress Jessica West (Jeanne Marley), now living in a theatrical retirement home. Tony takes Tracey (Florence Bishop), who is going to play the young Jessica, with him when he meets the actress. While he is doing some tests on the actress, Tracey gets into conversation with another actress, Lucy Boiston (Molly Jablonska), with whom she gets on well, as opposed to the original subject, whom she does NOT like! Seeing this, Tony decides to make the documentary about Lucy instead. A somewhat sad story is revealed ... A Derek Allen/Reg Lancaster Production.
North v South 1st place 1994

Donated by the competition organisers.

Story
17.mins


Total running time 138 mins.

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