United Kingdom

Robert Asher – The Early Bird (1965)

Synopsis:
Norman is the assistant helping to run a small, old fashioned dairy which is threatened by a larger, modern organisation. Norman does his best to save the dairy (and his horse) and the usual chaos ensues. Read More »

John Paddy Carstairs – Trouble in Store (1953)

Synopsis:
Norman is working in the stockroom of a large London department store, but he has ambition, he wants to be a window dresser making up the public displays. Whilst trying to fulfill his ambition, he falls in love, with one of the shopgirls. Together they discover a plot to rob the store and, somehow, manage to foil the robbers. Read More »

Lewis Gilbert – The Admirable Crichton (1957)

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Lord Loam has modern ideas about his household; he believes in treating his servants as his equals – at least sometimes. His butler, Crichton, still believes that members of the serving class should know their place and be happy there. But when the Loam family are shipwrecked on a desert island with the self-reliant Crichton and between maid Tweeny, the class system is put to the test. Read More »

Peter Glenville – The Prisoner (1955)

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British theatrical director Peter Glenville made his film directorial debut with 1955’s The Prisoner (Glenville had previous helmed the London stage production of this Bridget Boland play). The film is based on the real-life travails of Hungarian Cardinal Mindszenty, who after suffering under Nazi persecution was imprisoned by the new Communist regime for remaining loyal to his religious convictions. Alec Guinness, his head shaved, plays an unnamed Cardinal in an unspecified Eastern European country who is clapped into jail. Here he is ordered by the politicos to issue a phony statement to his flock, one that will effectively end Catholicism in his country. Jack Hawkins plays the diabolically clever “Interrogator”, who is almost successful in convincing Guinness that his false statement will have a beneficial effect. The Prisoner fared better in its American release than it did in Europe, where it was branded both “pro-Communist” and “anti-Communist” by various single-issue pressure groups. Read More »

John Paddy Carstairs – Up in the World (1956)

Norman is a window cleaner who has to clean a manor house with hundreds of windows. He is distracted by the son of the house who persuades him to go into town. When some villains try and kidnap the young heir Norman fights them off but the heir has banged his head and can’t remember Norman’s heroic stand. Read More »

Anja Kirschner & David Panos – The Last Days of Jack Sheppard (2009)

The Last Days of Jack Sheppard is based on the inferred prison encounters between the 18th century criminal Jack Sheppard and Daniel Defoe, ghostwriter of Sheppard’s ‘autobiography’. Set in the wake of the South Sea Bubble of 1720, Britain’s first financial crisis, the film is a critical costume drama constructed from a patchwork of historical, literary, and popular sources. It explores the connections between representation, speculation and the discourses of high and low culture that emerged in the early 18th century and remain relevant to the present day. Read More »

David Hare – Paris by Night (1988)

Clara Bell is a busy Euro MP with a husband and child at home and a high powered career – but on a trip to Paris her ordered existence is overturned by a murder and a chance encounter.
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