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Wind Of Change/The Traitors [DVD]
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Set against the Notting Hill race riots of the late 1950 s THE WIND OF CHANGE is a gripping kitchen-sink drama focusing on the relationship between a father (Donald Pleasence), a world-weary yet liberal man who spends all his spare time looking after his rabbits, and his rebellious, unemployed son Frank (Johnny Briggs). Frank is bigoted racist who believes the black immigrants are taking all the British jobs, though he doesn t seem too concerned in trying to get one himself. When Frank and his gang of teddy boys beat up a black man who later dies of his injuries, he must face the consequence of his actions.... Picture and Sound remastered by BBC Post Production. SPECIAL FEATURES BONUS FILM THE TRAITORS (1962) Espionage film starring Patrick Allen (62 Minutes)
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I edited some films that were real rubbish. But this one had a good script and tackled problems of the moment. I hadn't
seen it since working on it as unlike other films of its time, I don't think is has been on television, which is, perhaps
understandable because of its racial language. I haven't run The Traitors yet, but I remember seeing in the cinema
and thought it was very good at the time.
The Wind of Change directed by Vernon Sewell is a fast moving kitchen sink style drama and has a good role in it for the often seen in small parts Hilda Fenemore but here she has a more substantial part as the mother of a thug played by Johnny Briggs. Her husband is played by Donald Pleasence and he keeps rabbits in the back yard and their daughter is played by 1960s face Ann Lynn. There are some musical scenes in the cafe and the whole film is a fascinating period piece in some respects and yet the theme is just as relevant today.
The Traitors which is directed by Robert Tronson is all about spies and is a slower moving production but equally as watchable. The picture quality is a little darker. The well known face of Patrick Allen and his even more recognisable voice make this a film to both listen to and watch.
The booklet notes are by Steve Chibnall and there are a couple of film stills printed inside the liner too. This is a worthy addition to The Best of British Collection and one which I think you will enjoy.
Ann Lynn stars in this as a young woman who's dating a black man. Her racist brother (played by a young Johnny Briggs) along with a gang, attack them as they walk home down a back alley. In doing so, his sister suffers an injury to her face that could risk scarring her for life - and the guy who she was with...
Ann Lynn gets a good opportunity here to do what she excels at; a few close-up scenes without dialogue - a form of acting that's not easy to do.
Donald Pleasence plays her father who tries to take his son (Briggs) down a peg or too - he certainly needs it, but it's possibly too late...
An interesting film.
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