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  • Amateur


  • Birrell, Harry
  • Edinburgh Cine and Video Society (ECVS)


  • 1960s

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Title: MAGIC FLUTE, the

Reference number: 6400

Date: 1969

Director: filmed by Frank Walker

Sound: sound

Original format: std. 8mm

Colour: col

Fiction: fiction

Running time: 8.20 minsc

Description: Amateur fiction film about criminals who use a soporific magic flute to steal from people. Children ensure that they get their comeuppance.

'Made by Frank Walker at an SAAC Crieff weekend in 1969'

Credits: The Crooks Harry Birrell, Bill Urquhart
The Children Wendy Spiers, Louise MacLuskie, Carol Summers, Anne Birrell, Sandy White, Michael Davidson, Heather Malcolm, Judy Birrell
The Cop Adam Malcolm
cam. Elise Phimster
[Scottish Association of Amateur Cinematographers (SAAC)]

Shotlist: Title 'SAAC SEFA Crieff 1969 The Magic Flute' c/u cup of tea being poured. Pan shot across well to do hotel lobby, man playing flute in distance. C/u flute being played. Man playing flute offscreen, appears to knock everyone asleep, handbag, glasses, wallets, camera etc, taken. Girl looking through window. Ext, two men depart hotel, children chase after them for bags. Struggle ensues, man pulls out flute and children fall over. One girl wakes, gives chase and picks up flute the two men have dropped in their escape to car. Begins to play. Touches other children on head with it and they wake up. Girl plays flute intermittently which seems to guide children to hideout of two men. Children look through window as two men count money. Girl plays flute, men fall asleep and then are marched by playing of flute to nearest policeman who takes them away. Girl returns to hotel lobby and taps sleeping people on head with flute to wake them up. C/u children and pot of money, ecs.