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Shelter 1967 12

28 mins United Kingdom Director. Alan Clarke

The earliest surviving Half Hour Story episode directed by Alan Clarke is a witty two-hander scripted by Alun Owen. Two strangers (Wendy Craig and Colin Blakely) come together in a park shelter and engage in a frank, confessional and confrontational conversation.

Owen’s teleplay uses its novel conceit as the basis for a verbally incendiary exploration of class, sexual politics and the merits of the city of Norwich.

While such a display of sexual and political power-posturing may seem very much of its time, Clarke’s approach to the material always keeps it fresh. The almost Gothic ornateness of Holland Park Orangery make for a setting more akin to a Tennessee Williams play than something from a British TV drama; while Clarke’s expressive use of framing is always astute.

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Directed by

Alan Clarke

Featuring

Colin Blakely

Wendy Craig

Collection

Alan Clarke

Certificate

12 Moderate threat, sex references

Released

1967

Country

United Kingdom

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