Film

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  • Girl from the South
  • 1988, 84 mins
  • Poor little rich girl into Mills & Boon fantasies falls for unemployed black boy up north and tries to ‘help’. Festivals: Finland, Germany, Canada, Australia, Prix du CIJEF (sponsored by UNESCO) in Laon, France, 1990. Sold world¬wide for TV.

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  • Waiting for Alan
  • 1984, 45 mins
  • Sonata form drama centred on ritualised boredom of a middle-class housewife. Shown on CH 4 in Feb l987 & April 199O. Broadcast in Sweden, Germany, Holland and Canada.

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  • Brothers and Sisters
  • 1981, 96 mins
  • Alternative thriller about murder of a prostitute in a Northern city. Festivals included New York, Chicago, Berlin, Florence, Melbourne, Edinburgh and official British entry status at Moscow. Screened by Ch 4 in l984 and 1989 and broadcast on TV worldwide.

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  • Telling Tales
  • 1978, 90 mins
  • Looks at issues of gender and class. Screenings at festivals in Berlin, Edinburgh and London; widely shown in UK, Germany and elsewhere. Screened CH 4 TV in 1982.

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  • Illusive Crime
  • 1976, 50 mins
  • Experimental narrative dealing with female oppression/class control. Controversial at time, especially among feminists.


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  • Kniephofstrasse
  • 1973, 35 mins
  • Complex but compelling investigation of sound/image relationship shot in Berlin. Top prize at Knokke-le-Zoute film festival l975.

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  • Freedom
  • 1973, 1 min
  • Made for a competition in Chicago, man goes though his life – from forceps delivery birth to climbing into his own coffin – in one minute.

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  • Propaganda
  • 1973, 10 mins
  • Man trapped in front of – and then inside – a television, as a Tory political broadcast swirls around him.

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  • Ten Shots
  • 1973, 10 mins
  • To show effect of sound on picture and how meaning can change, ten shots and ten sounds are repeated until correct sound matches correct picture.

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  • Chromatic
  • 1972, 6 mins
  • Clothed woman in exotic garden looks at herself trapped naked inside large country house. Extended music video (before genre really existed) to soundtrack by Jerry Garcia and Howard Whales.

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  • In Between Peace
  • 1972, 12 mins
  • Surreal story of man haunted by noise pollution and fantasies of his own sexual potency, shot in London and Yorkshire countryside.

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  • A Prison Should be Dark
  • 1971, 10 mins
  • Kafkaesque story of man arrested and imprisoned for no reason, and then – in impressionistic style – forced to reflect on his life.

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  • We who have Friends
  • 1970, 50 mins
  • Looking at position of male homosexuals since l967 Reform Act. (co-directed and produced with Richard Reisz at King’s College London)

Archiving and digitisation in association with:

Yorkshire Film Archive British Film Institute

DVDs of selected films available. Viewing copies of other work not issued on DVD may be obtained on request from the Yorkshire Film Archive at: yfa@yorksj.ac.uk

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