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Monday, 16 August 2010

Glitterball (1977)


This Children's Film Foundation effort, directed by Harley Cokliss, is a benign treat, pitting its titular alien visitor and two youthful accomplices (one posh, one less so) against a petty thief named George 'Filthy' Potter, brilliantly played by rat king Ronald Pember. I was delighted to find that the terrific electronic score was composed and performed by Harry Robinson, whose prior credits include work for Hammer Films and string arrangements for Nick Drake and Sandy Denny. Isn't it funny how all these melancholy/uncanny threads come together...?

7 comments:

  1. Joe - Harry Robinson (also known as Harry Robertson) scored quite a few CFF films, including 'A Hitch In Time' (a favourite of mine). Interestingly, he was also the composer behind those Play Safe public information films; they were specially written pieces and not library music as a lot of us first thought. All very curious.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KryOYburlFI

    - Jb.

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  2. A quietly significant figure in British Weird!

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  3. I thought it was only a matter of time before someone posted this film, but your details have put a whole new spin on Glitterball for me. I feel the need to revisit it. Thanks guys.

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  5. What's more, Harley Cokliss directed a short film called Crash!, starring JG Ballard and Gabrielle Drake, sister of ... wait for it ... Nick Drake:

    http://www.ballardian.com/crash-full-tilt-autogeddon
    http://www.ballardian.com/1971-year-of-the-drake

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  6. And Gabrielle Drake owns a haunted house, so I've heard...

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  7. After the CFF closed it's doors, it re-started as the Children's Film Unit. For which I wrote a short film in the 90's called A Beginners Guide To Love. It was the last film they ever made. The chap that commissioned it was Colin Finbow - writer of The Avengers ep 'A Surfeit of H20'. I'm not sure if it was ever shown anywhere though as the CFU has now disbanded and is unGooglable (I think). So you'll just have to take my word for it I'm afraid.

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