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Title: BITE

Reference number: 7278

Date: 1997

Director: d. Brian Ross

Sponsor: Scottish Film Production Fund, British Screen and Scottish Television in association with the Scottish Arts Council National Lottery Fund present

Producer: Su Bainbridge

Production company: Imagine Films Ltd, Mallinson Television

Sound: sound

Original format: 16mm

Certificate: 15

Colour: col

Fiction: fiction

Running time: 6.58 mins

Description: Bite is a film about Alistair Galbraith, hitherto a passive postman who tires of being a spectator in his own life and decides to take control. When Alistair’s wife, Alison commits adultery on their own wedding day and shortly afterwards he is savaged by a ferocious dog, Alistair hits rock bottom, unable to cope with even the most undemanding of life’s tasks. From the depths of despair he is galvanised into action and in true anti-hero style sets out to take revenge on those who have wronged him. Through taking this action Alistair is re-born. [synopsis from Scottish Screen Catalogue of Short Films 1993 - 1999 "Kicking up a Storm"]

Production file held at National Library of Scotland Moving Image Archive. Starring a young David Tennant, the Scottish actor (who later went on to become Dr Who in the acclaimed BBC television series)

Prime Cuts: A joint short film initiative from Scottish Screen, British Screen, Scottish Television and the Scottish Arts Council. Films were produced on 16mm.

Credits: w. Andrea Gibb
p. Su Bainbridge

David Tennant, Sharon Small
Postmen Frank Gallagher, Paul Hickie, Martin McCardie
Dog played by Clint and Flipper

d. ph. Ian Dodds
ed. Gary Scott
sd. rec. Brian Howell
p. designer Michael McLoughlin
composer Paddy Cunneen
p. man. Becky Brazil, Wendy Griffin
costume designer Phyllis Byrne
make-up designer Laura Hill
assoc. p. Stephanie Faugier, Simon Mallinson
art d. Adam Squires
prop buyer Vivienne Mackay
art dept. ass. Tim Monroe
focus puller Graeme Scott
clapper / loader Ben Grieve
video ass. John Monk
camera trainee Ritchie Holt
stills ph. Graham McIver
gaffer Ewan Epton
m. production Alan McNicol
dubbing facility Cy Jack (Waterfront)
locations man. Beverley Syme
locations ass. Jodie Moore
1st ass. d. Niall Mahoney
3rd ass. d. Donald Mackinnon
sc. supervisor Lillias MacKenzie
p. secretary Gillian Deakin
p. accountants Trudy Millinson, Agnes Logan
runners Christel Ingersvang
office receptionist Gayle Hughes
animal agent Dave Stewart (Creature Feature)
dog handlers Dorothy Luking, Andy Adams
catering Guy Cowan (Real Food for Reel People)

With special thanks to Lynne McDermott (friend in cafe); Lenny Crooks; Carl Pittom Camera Associates; Digital Facilities; Kodak; Metrocolor; Argos; John Brown Butchers, Balfron; Propworks; Ecosse; David Pearson; Glasgow City Council; James Evans; Jaconellis Cafe; Phil Croal; Shettleston Neighbourhood Housing Office; Darnley Neighbourhood Housing Office; Mrs Lawson; John McManus; St. Angela's School; Patricia Douglas; Queen's Cross Church; King Cameras; Truecut.

No animals were harmed or injured in the making of this film. Shot on location in Glasgow with the financial support of the Glasgow Film Office.

exec. p. Oscar van Heek, Emma Berkofsky, Mark Grindle

Prime Cuts, Imagaine Films Ltd and Mallison Television Productions for the Scottish Film Production Fund, British Screen and Scottish Television in association with the Scottish Arts Council National Lottery Fund.