GB 1971 1hr 36mins Dir: Alvin Rakoff Starring: Jean Simmons and Leonard Whiting
A young man pursues an older woman on a shopping trip to London
According to director Alvin Rakoff, Say Hello to Yesterday was ‘a 1970 Brief Encounter, a picture designed purely for entertainment, with no morales or messages unless the public like to find them’. It is perhaps difficult to see the ‘relationship’ unfolding, but this romantic drama is a fast-moving account of ten hours in the life of an anonymous suburban housewife….and a love-starved youth. It features some excellent shots of Southern Region EMU’s. Early on there are scenes filmed at a snowy ‘Cobham’ station, which is in reality Ascot, and Class 423 4 VEP stock is present including set No’s 7805 and 7808. In the adjacent platform are a couple of vintage 2 BIL EMU’s in their final year or so of operation. The journey to London is a little harder to explain, but appears to have been filmed on a locomotive-hauled train somewhere on a single track line. There are then some scenes filmed at London Victoria, though Waterloo would be more appropriate, with those at the end featuring more VEP’s along with other main line stock in the form of CIG’s (or similar), plus some 2-car units (either HAP’s or EPB’s). The Victoria scenes include a good shot of the station frontage, but for a film shot largely in central London, the Underground does not feature at all.