Title ID 2232Collection ID184
Date[ca. 1976]
CollectionAlbany Cine Club
Genre/TypeAmateurCine/Video clubFictionDrama
ThemeCine Club Film-making
KeywordsChildren Education Schools Family Fathers Visual Arts Performing Arts
RegionalWest Sussex
NationalEngland United Kingdom
ProductionAlbany Productions Film Unit
CameraSid Mitchell
DirectorHarry Greenwell
LightingBert Denman
ParticipantsAllan Horrobin (Boy)
Other creditsBert Day (continuity)
FormatColour Sound
Duration6 min. 20 sec.
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details


An Albany Productions fiction film by members of Albany Productions Film Unit in 1976, starring a member of the Horrobin family. An artistic schoolboy, under pressure from his father to do well in his biology exam, escapes through the school room window.


Music plays throughout. A boy sits at a desk, drawing a bird with a pen. He pushes the drawing underneath his notebooks as his father enters the room. The man checks through the boy's work. Finding the boy's drawing, he tears up the paper. At breakfast, his father tells him off but his mother is supportive, giving him kind words. The camera pans across an empty schoolroom. The teacher lays Biology exam papers on the desks and instructs the children to turn them over and start the exam, which lasts an hour. The boy imagines his mother smiling at him as time passes, until 20 minutes are left. The boy imagines his father shouting at him while he draws a lifelike portrait of him. With five minutes until the exam finishes, the boy's teacher looks up to find he has left the classroom through the window.