Title ID 332Collection ID160
TitleThe Doll
CollectionEastbourne Cine Group
Genre/TypeAmateurCine/Video clubFictionSuspense
ThemeCine Club Film-making
KeywordsLaw Enforcement Men Social Problems
LocalEastbourne Polegate
RegionalEast Sussex
NationalEngland United Kingdom
ProductionEastbourne Cine Group
CastTrevor Davies (Cyclist); Beverley Waller (Woman in Red Dress); David James (The Grange House Patient); Sharon Fuller (Girl with doll)
FormatColour Sound
Duration12 min. 45 sec.
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details


The Eastbourne Cine Group produce a rather sinister fiction film about a man who escapes a mental institution only to attack a young woman who resembles a doll he stole earlier.


A man is seen running from the grounds of 'The Grange Mental Home' and through the local countryside. He comes across a young girl at a roadside playing with her doll, which he proceeds to steal from her. He walks to a town [Polegate] and steals a car. He then drives the car to a bus stop where he has a cigarette break and finds a collection of knives in the glove compartment. A young woman walking a dog passes him - she resembles the doll. He abandons the car and follows her to the woods. Meanwhile, a cyclist who has recognised the man from a description in the local paper alerts the police from a phone box. The escaping man chases the woman, bringing her to the ground in the woods where a struggle ensues. The police arrive just in time to prevent him from cutting her throat.

Contextual information

This film was awarded a Certificate of Merit for the South East Region.