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NORTH V SOUTH FINALISTS 1999

This competition was founded by the late John Wright, FACI, and the final is between five entries from the north of Britain and five from the south. The Set Theme in 1999 was 'Bad Connection'.

SOUTH
1. GONE TO EARTH
Circle 8 Film Group, Surrey
A group of mates is working on a redecorating job, when one of them is accidentally electrocuted. Unfortunately, he has hidden a betting slip for a horse-race accumulator they have all paid into Written by Veronica Keywood and directed by her and John Myall.

Humour
15.mins


2. DON'T TRY THIS AT HOME
Burton Camcorder Club
A boy gets a lesson from his grandfather about electrical wiring - with unexpected results!

Humour
2
½.mins


3. HEAVEN SENT
WAVE at Long Eaton, Derbyshire
A young boy is looking for his grandfather and, after some bad encounters, finds him ... Written and produced by Sue Close and Maurice Adcock.

Story
6.mins


4. THE CARLISLE TRAIN
Nuneaton Moviemakers
A man arrives one night at a railway station, but has missed his connection. The porter directs him to a local boarding-house ... Script and production by Terence Wheatley.

Story
8.mins


5. BROKEN DREAMS
Surrey Border F ilm and Video Makers
John and Ken, old school friends, are mature students at the Centre for Research into Dreaming. They are persuaded to take part in an experiment to 'share a dream' - to order! Written by June Evans from an idea by David Longley, who also edited and directed.

Story
15.mins


NORTH
6. A DROP OF WATER
Phoenix Video Club, Cheshire
A documentary about aspects of canals and how they flourished largely in the 18th Century, with particular reference to the connection between the Trent and Mersey Canal and the River Weaver in Cheshire, together with more recent developments.

Documentary
11.mins


7. ONCE UPON A TIME
Edinburgh Cine & Video Society
A young man and his girlfriend look for a birthday present for his grandmother's friend who lives next door to her and who once had an interest in still photography. The girlfriend eventually finds an old camera ... Written and directed by Ann Sutherland.

Story
11.mins


8. ONE NIGHT STAND
Southport Cine and Video Society, Lancs.
After a prologue in which we see a schoolgirl being attacked by her classmates, we come to the present time, where we are introduced to a rather ineffectual young man who is trying to find a girlfriend, but without much success. He answers an ad in the local paper - and receives a 'phone reply, during which he is overheard, thanks to a crossed line, by a young husband who has had a row with his wife. The eavesdropper decides to take the other man's place on his date ... Directed by Jason Smaridge and Mike Waring.
NOT SUITABLE FOR YOUNG CHILDREN

Story
19.mins


9. BAD CONNECTION
Newcastle Amateur Cinematographers Association
A wife who is fed up with her husband's lazy ways (due to his heart condition) persuades him one evening to contact the local movie society, while she goes to a whist drive ... Written and directed by Ian Davidson.

Story
13
½.mins


10. E IS FOR EMMA
Altrincham Video Society
A 'phone rings in the night and a husband and wife are soon on their way to the local hospital to find out what has happened to their daughter Emma. Their son, and Emma's boyfriend, are both also involved ...

This was the winner.

Donated by the competition organisers

Story
7.mins


Total running time 90  mins.

Not available for hire at present.


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