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NORTH v SOUTH FINALISTS 2003

The finals of this competition - originally founded by the late John Wright, FACI - are held between five finalists from the north of Britain and five from the south. This time the Set Theme was 'Unexpected Guests'.

NORTH
1. WELL, I NEVER
Wakefield Moviemakers
When Steve (Cliff Beverley), the husband of Shirley (Doreen Bentley), has to go away unexpectedly for a meeting in Blackpool, Shirley decides to invite her secret lover (Graham Carter) for the night - but complications ensue ... !

Humour
10.mins


SOUTH
2. SCOOP
Portsdown Camcorder Users Club
A photo-journalist (Peter Thomson) for a local newspaper is persuaded by the Editor (Malcolm Smith) to investigate some strange activities at a nearby location ... Produced and directed by Phil Brown.

Story
10.mins


NORTH
3. KNOCK, KNOCK
Phase 4 Films
Rupert (Keith Pottage) comes home late to his wife Liz (Carol Wilson) with murder in mind. He makes his preparations but is interrupted by someone knocking at the door ... Written, directed and edited by Ken Wilson.

Humour
14.mins


SOUTH
4. THE PALMIST'S FUTURE
Medway Camcorder Club
Catherine (Lesley Gallagher) is hosting a party. Among the guests is a palmist (Steve Clement). The movie shows how things develop... Based on a true event. Directed by Ron Jarrett.

Story
10.mins


NORTH
5. LET'S KILL AN HOUR
Stoke Cine & Video Society
We see a series of shots of people visiting a German war cemetery while we hear a cynical poem as if from one of those buried. Directed by Phil Dorman.

Story
5.mins


SOUTH
6. HELLO, HELEN
Nuneaton Moviemakers
Helen (Amii Poole) is baby-sitting for her sister. She doesn't know that a prisoner has escaped from the nearby asylum. When she receives a threatening 'phone-call from a strange man, she tries to get away, but without success... Written and directed by Alan Atkinson.

Story
17.mins


NORTH
7. AN INFERTILE IMAGINATION
Stoke Cine & Video Society
A couple who still long for a child despite the inability for the husband's vasectomy to be reversed, decide to persevere by means of A.I.D. The wife later gets a visit from a young man, which turns out to lead to a lot of confusion... .! Directed by Alan Wood.

Humour
7.mins


SOUTH
8. THE LAST LAUGH
Portsmouth Cine & Video Club
A ventriloquist, Charly (David Weller) is getting ready in his dressing-room for his last stage performance when he receives visits from various members of his family ... Written and directed by Ernest Parkin.

Story
20.mins


NORTH
9. A THIN LINE
Altrincham Video Society
Mary (Helen Corrie) and Susan (Rachel Osbourne), two dissatisfied work colleagues, have worked on a business plan together and have been made an offer for financial support, but things don't go according to plan when they attend the meeting to discuss it ...  Written by Eddie Irwin.

Story
14.mins


SOUTH
10. THE INVITE
Spring Park Cine & Video Society
The Beauchamps invite the Huggets to a party ... but it's certainly not the kind of party the latter are expecting!

Donated by the competition organisers.

Humour
2.mins


One minute after the end of this movie there's a title: Did you spot the winner?, then a second 'tease', then the title of the winner is shown.


PLEASE PLAY ON EITHER OR BOTH HI-FI & LINEAR TRACKS, N O T 'MIX'

Total running time 109 mins. (excluding interim titles)

Not available for hire at present.


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