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Post by venga bus clippie » Wed May 26, 2010 12:47 pm

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Post by foolhardycousingeorge » Thu May 27, 2010 8:09 pm

I've been thinking today about children's films produced by the UK's Children's Film Foundation.

Back in the 1980s, I saw these films regularly. My primary school would show them on Saturday mornings and during the school holidays. I'm certain that Channel NIne ran them on occasion, too.

We would watch these films during a film night at school camp, too. Imagine 60 plus under twelves huddled in their sleeping bags, sitting quietly as we saw plots that usually involved resourceful British children outwitting adults and solving crimes, or some thinly veiled educational content.

TV Cream has an extensive index of every film that the CFF made.

http://www.tvcream.co.uk/?p=9252

I will single out a couple of these films for special mention, namely Sammy's Super T-Shirt, Sky Pirates and The Boy Who Turned Yellow.
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Post by Kippers » Thu May 27, 2010 8:56 pm

A few of these films have found their way on to Region 2 DVD in the Saturday Morning Pictures series (although I think the DVDs may well be deleted now so will set you back a fair bit if you want to buy them). I saw a couple a few years ago: Egghead's Robot and The Adventures of Hal. They were a bit pissweak if I'm honest.

I'd dearly love to see 1984's Pop Pirates again, mind, but I don't think that's ever seen the light of day on DVD.

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Post by foolhardycousingeorge » Fri May 28, 2010 4:24 pm

:)

Yes, I'm sure that I wouldn't think any of these films are that good today.

I'd forgotten about Egghead's Robot. I just thought of one called Glitterball, and another called Fern the Red Deer.

TV Cream has catalogued every single one of these films.
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Post by Kippers » Fri May 28, 2010 8:06 pm

Yes, I had a look via that link you posted before. That's a pretty comprehensive list for sure! It's a great site is TV Cream.

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Post by foolhardycousingeorge » Sat Jun 05, 2010 8:26 am

Yesterday, I remembered the film Star Crash. I remember seeing this film during a hot summer night in the mid eighties.

See the Internet Movie Database for all the details on this film.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0079946/

It starred David Hasselhoff in the days when he was an actor on The Young and the Restless.

To sum up, Star Crash falls into the 'so bad, it's good' category. For unknown reasons, Star Crash was left out of David Hasselhoff's acting credits when he was profiled on the series, Studio Portraits.
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Post by Sniv Whettuce » Sat Jun 05, 2010 6:50 pm

I was a big fan of watching crap films on telly in the mid '80's but I don't remember that one, Foolhardy. I must have been looking at Halley's Comet that night.
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Post by Sniv Whettuce » Sun Jun 06, 2010 1:24 am

I was a big fan of watching crap films on telly in the mid '80's but I don't remember that one, Foolhardy. I must have been looking at Halley's Comet that night.
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Post by venga bus clippie » Wed Jun 09, 2010 12:47 pm

Ah, but were you actually looking at Halley's Comet or that imposter that everyone thought was Halley's Comet?
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Post by foolhardycousingeorge » Fri Jul 23, 2010 4:15 pm

trawled the TV Cream website during the week to see what other Children’s Film Foundation work I could remember seeing.

I remember seeing Escape from the Sea, at the old Victorian State Film Centre in Treasury Place during the 1982/83 summer school holidays.

The plot of Escape from the Sea involved a brother and sister on holidays at the beach in Cornwall. The brother ignores a lifeguard’s warnings to only use his rubber canoe in rock pools. He gets swept out to sea.

As expected from a child friendly film, he gets rescued in the end. As TV Cream observes, “..stern admonishments to the posh kids for being such smug, ignorant townie safety -flouting a***s are kept to an agreeable minimum.”

4D Special Agents

Involving two groups of kids using walkie talkies to play at patrolling a disused area of the London Docklands. They discover a box of stolen jewelry.

What does the four d mean? It stands for the ‘four don’ts.’

The film includes safety messages that would have been included in a classroom lesson about protective behaviors, for example, Don’t talk to strangers. Don’t go off with strangers.

Headline Hunters

Did this film inspire the likes of the TV show Press Gang, or give kids who were good at writing at school to want to become journalists when they grew up?

Mauro the Gypsy

A gypsy boy named Mauro arrives in a Scottish village. Being a gypsy, the locals object to Mauro living there, but he is befriended by a girl, Leslie. Later, when Leslie gets trapped in a secret cave, Mauro saves her.

The villagers later have a ‘ Oh, we were wrong about you” moment.

Paganini Strikes Again.

Two friends, on their way to a violin lesson, get stuck in a lift. After hearing a gun shot outside, and seeing someone running past through the partially opened door, distinguished by their yellow shoes, they suspect that the local jewelry store has been robbed.

The police don’t believe them. Of course, the kids have to solve the crime themselves.

Seal Island

Kids who like seals visit a seal colony on the coast, similar to the Nobbies on Phillip Island in Victoria. Men want to shoot the seals and sell the pelts, but the kids save the seals.

Zoo Robbery

Starring the original Doctor Who, William Hartnell, and a bunch of kids in row boats.

Thanks to the TV Cream website for information on all these films.
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