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Title: BALLOON MAN, the

Reference number: 6440

Date: 1978

Director: filmed by James Hickie

Sound: sound

Original format: super 8mm

Colour: col

Fiction: fiction

Running time: 20.00 minsc

Description: Light-hearted amateur film about children swapping clothes with an elderly rag and bone man, in exchange for balloons.

3 Star award Movie Maker. 10 best entered in Malta Film Festival - unplaced.
Written on box '1978 ECS Film d. Jim Hickie - for North v South Competition (theme 'Inflation') but not completed in time'.
See also ref 6503 - this film features briefly at the end section.


Credits: w. & d. James Hickie
p. Douglas Lornie
cam. Dick Annis
ed. Sandy Sievwright
sd. Alex McMillan
continuity Maisie Tait
lighting George Liston
balloon man Jack Grant
boy Stuart Milligan
newsboy Graeme Singer
m. arranged by Ian Hay
'Raggabone Man' composed by Lifford Charles

Shotlist: Young girl holding balloon with credits and title. Gvs children playing in quiet residential street, boys playing marbles, girls skipping. Children surround rag and bone mans cart which is covered in balloons. Children take clothes from clothesline and give to rag and bone man for balloons. Elderly rag and bone man picking up cigarette ends from street. Boy steals sleeping granny's knitting. Rag and boneman surrounded by children. Rag and bone man outside newsagent. C/u headline Edinburgh evening news 'Inflation soaring'. Gvs children playing various games in a different street. Children 'take' various items of clothing from houses to rag and bone man. He hands out balloons which children blow up. Rag and bone man at another street, children handing over clothes. One mother comes and grabs tea towel back. Rag and bone man has swig of whisky. Some children taking some clothes off to swap with rag and bone man. Inflated balloons on cart disappear into sky. Ecs. The End.

[Locations used include Wardie Square, Clark Avenue and Port Seton]