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  • Lanarkshire


  • Amateur
  • Comedy


  • 1980s

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Reference number: 7454

Date: 1983

Director: d. Jack Anderson

Sound: sound

Original format: super 8mm

Colour: col

Fiction: Fiction

Running time: 8.43 mins

Description: A short comedy about a husband who knocks himself out with a monkey wrench and dreams that he can command the garden tools to do all the work for him.

See also ref. 7470 for a film about the making of GIE'S A HAUN.

Note from Mr Saberton: This film was made for the Strathclyde Film Event on the theme of "Do It Yourself". It features a hen pecked husband who knocks himself out with a monkey wrench and dreams that he can command the garden tools to do all the work for him. The idea was developed at a group session on a club night when they even worked out how they were going to achieve the various effects. It was filmed at the home of club member Jack Anderson at 62 Kethers, Motherwell. To film the car driving into the garage, Jack fully reclined the seat and then drove the car lying flat on his back using a string hanging from the roof of the garage to tell him when to stop.

Paper archive records relating to the Dalziel Camcorder Club are held at the National Library of Scotland Moving Image Archive.

Credits: cast Evelyn Law (Lorraine), Tom Davies (Nigel)
ed. Brian Saberton, Jack Anderson
sc. Jack Anderson
spec. FX Jack Anderson
continuity Evelyn Law
titles Bryan Law
p. Jack Anderson

Shotlist: [shotlisted from VHS - manual control track]

DALZIEL CINE CLUB PRESENTS - title - gvs of suburban street and bungalow, back garden with various tools, objects lying around - Nigel's wife Lorraine nags him to clear up the garden, but he goes to fix his car first - as he fiddles around under the bonnet, his monkey wrench slips and knocks him unconscious - in a dream sequence, he wishes that the garden was tidy, and all the objects suddenly tidy themselves up - he realises his wrench must be magic, and makes a spade and fork dance for him in the garden, along with daisies and buttercups (2.01) next he orders the lawnmower to cut the grass, watched by the garden gnomes, who start chatting to each other, and gets the trimmers to cut the edge of the lawn - the hose attaches itself to the tap and waters the garden - next he orders a bucket of water and sponge to wash his Ford Capri, and then the car drives itself back into the garage (4.57) Nigel finally comes to, with a large bruise on his forehead and realises that it was all a dream: the car is still dirty and the spade and fork refuse to dance for him - he asks Lorraine to give him a hand clearing the garden, which she reluctantly does, finally mowing the lawn, watched by Nigel and the garden gnomes - THE END - ecs (8.43)