This film is part of Free

The Puncture

Gender relations take a turn for the worse on a country road in the North East.

Comedy 1965 5 mins

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A battle of the sexes plays out on a country road in this sixties amateur comedy drama. Two resilient female protagonists resort to self-help to mend a puncture when their would-be rescuers prefer to hedge their bets.

The car breakdown is a persistent trope in amateur story film production, concisely used in this production directed by Keith Venn, a member of the Newcastle and District Amateur Cinematographers’ Association and the IAC (Institute of Amateur Cinematographers), who was awarded a Master Movie Maker Fellowship (FACI) in the 1970s. He worked for most of his life at a well-known former photographic store called Bonsers, based in Bigg Market, Newcastle upon Tyne.