Once a Jolly Swagman 1949 Ages 12+

3.15PM Sun 6 Dec 2020 (1hr 40mins)
GOMA | Cinema A | Free

SYNOPSIS

Once A Jolly Swagman will screen from an imported 35mm print.

‘Released in the United States with the brashly appropriate title of Maniacs on Wheels, this 1949 BAFTA nominated film starred Dirk Bogarde, Bonar Colleano, Thora Hird, Sid James and Bill Owen. Bogarde plays the role of Bill Fox, a bored factory worked who, against the wishes of his family and girlfriend, takes to the speedway track where he becomes a star. From then on in it’s glamour or grit all the way.  Sucked into the glamour of the Mayfair set, Bill starts to forget his working class roots. Disillusioned, he fights back and attempts to form a rider’s union to ensure families are secure should an accident ever occur. Facing opposition, the dilemmas keep on rolling – from packing up riding and opening a garage, to enlisting to fight in the Second World War. And how about that long awaited racing comeback? Might Bill have to make a choice over returning to the arms of his one true love?’ Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival

CREDITS

35MM, BLACK AND WHITE, MONO, 100 MINUTES, UK, ENGLISH / DIRECTOR: JACK LEE / SCRIPT: WILLIAM ROSE, JACK LEE, CLIFF GORDON / BASED ON THE NOVEL BY MONTAGU SLATER / CINEMATOGRAPHER: H E FOWLE / EDITOR: JACK HARRIS / STUNT COORDINATOR: ROY SCAMMELL / PROD CO: WESSEX FILM PRODUCTIONS / PRINT SOURCE/RIGHTS: PARK CIRCUS / SCREENING FORMAT: 35MM