Title ID 6599Collection ID913
TitleThe Bully and the Bookworm
CollectionAlbany Cine Club
Genre/TypeAmateurCine/Video clubFictionDrama
ThemeCine Club Film-making Urban Life
KeywordsCars Buildings Men Houses Performing Arts Film Making
RegionalWest Sussex
NationalEngland United Kingdom
ProductionAlbany Cine Club
FormatColour Sound
Duration11 min. 43 sec.
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details


A bullied man challenges his tormentor to a duel, on his own terms. A fiction film produced by Albany Cine Club members in 1990.


Music plays. Two men talk in a car, watching the entrance of a West Sussex County Council Public Library. They point to a man who has just left the library, walking while reading. The two men walk towards him and wrestle him to the ground before running back to the car and driving off. He stands, picking up his hat and book.

The two attackers arrive at a house, while the man chooses a book to read from his bookshelves at home. While walking home, the two bullies push the man over, spilling the contents of his shopping bag on the pavement, before driving away again. The man picks up his groceries, re-bags them and walks on, once again settling down to read a book a home. He takes out a piece of writing paper and writes a note before sealing the envelope and pushing it through the letterbox of the bully's house. A voice reads the letter: ''My dear Mr. Bullyboy, I challenge you to meet me at the rear of the library, at say 4.30 sharp today. Until then, Sincerely, Bookworm.'' The bully screws up the letter and throws it on the carpet, then checks his watch and leaves the house, driving away in his car. The Bully arrives at the library and waits nervously. A figure appears and knocks him over the head. The voice speaks again: "Greetings Mr. Bullyboy, please regard me as your adversary, the Bookworm. I trust you have recovered by now. So please listen carefully..." The bookworm has left a box containing "a tape recording of the message, a pistol loaded with a single cartridge and instructions...". When the bully spots the bookworm, he is at liberty to fire at will, explains the voice. The bookworm, aware of the bully's position already, will fire after counting down from 10... 9...8... 7... 6... 5... 4... 3... 2.. 1... The bookworm closes the book on his lap, A History of Dueling by Robert Baldick. 0... BANG. The End.


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