Dir: Tony Richardson
Starring: Tom Courtenay and Michael Redgrave
A young offender takes part in a long distance race which gives him a chance to think back on his life
This coming-of-age drama is based on the short story of the same name by Alan Sillitoe, which was published in 1959. One scene depicts Tom Courtenay and his friends walking and talking on a hillside on the western edge of Whyteleafe Recreation Ground and a BR Standard Class 4MT 2-6-4T passes below on a local passenger train. In the next scene, the characters have wandered five minutes across to the northern edge of Riddlesdown Quarry with a view overlooking Riddlesdown Viaduct. There is also a later scene that is filmed at a station at night, with the characters boarding a train for ‘Skegness’ that is hauled by a 2-6-4 tank engine. It is not known exactly where this scene was filmed, but it has been suggested that it could be the former Dalston Junction.