GB 1967 16mins Dir: Ann Wolff Starring: Philip O’Connor and Eileen Colgan
The story of a surreal poem, acted out as a fantasy dream
This peculiar fantasy short is really bizarre and makes very little sense. It is based on a poem by Philip O’Connor and was funded by the BFI. Despite its nonsensical rambling, half of the story takes place at a rural Betchworth station, on the Guildford-Redhill ‘North Downs’ line. There are some excellent shots of the station and its infrastructure, yet no trains are seen here. There are, however, a couple of vintage stock shots of passing trains. One is of an LNER A1 4-6-2 on an express formed of teak coaching stock, and although it is impossible to confirm, I would put money on it being a shot of No.4472 Flying Scotsman. The second stock shot is a grainy tracking sequence showing SR ‘Lord Nelson’ Class 4-6-0 No.850 Lord Nelson itself, and this shot appears twice in quick succession.