SECRET FRIENDS

GB
1991
1hr 37mins
Dir: Dennis Potter
Starring: Alan Bates and Gina Bellman

During a train journey, a man’s fantasy spirals out of control

This fantasy drama is based on Dennis Potter’s 1986 novel Ticket to Ride. Probably for ease of production, the entire train journey is filmed in a convincing studio mock-up of a Mk3 coach and no real trains feature. However, so as to give the sensation of actually moving, back-projection through the windows show that some shots were filmed from a window of a train on the Western Region main line. Recognisable locations viewed in these shots include Foxhall Junction, Didcot, and the River Thames between Pangbourne and Tilehurst complete with rowers!