Harley Cokeliss

Harley Cokeliss – Crash! (1971)

A surreal, moody short about the fetishization of automobiles and auto accidents.

Short film produced by the BBC about JG Ballard’s Crash. “The film was a product of the most experimental, darkest phase of Ballard’s career. It was an era of psychological blowback from the sudden, shocking death of his wife in 1964, an era that had produced the cut-up ‘condensed novels’ of Atrocity plus a series of strange collages and ‘advertisers’ announcements’. […] After Freud’s exploration within the psyche it is now the outer world of reality which must be quantified and eroticised.’ Later there were further literary experiments, concrete poems and ‘impressionistic’ film reviews, and an aborted multimedia theatrical play based around car crashes. After that came an actual gallery exhibition of crashed cars, replete with strippers and the drunken destruction of the ‘exhibits’ by an enraged audience.” Read More »

Harley Cokeliss – That Summer (1979)

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Synopsis
This mostly unknown film starring Ray Winstone was filmed mainly on location in Torquay Devon in the spring of 1978. That Summer is a cult Ray Winstone film that was shot almost entirely on location in Torquay Devon. The film follows Steve played by Ray Winstone who has just got out of bortstal, fed up with his life going no where in London, he decides to travel to Torquay to try and win the annual Torbay swimming race.
At the same time two girls travel to Torquay from the North of England to work as chamber maids for the summer. They meet the two boys.From then on it’s a slightly punky coming-of-age flick set by the seaside. Read More »