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Miss Thompson Goes Shopping U rating

From the visionary British director David Gladwell, this 1958 short contrasting rural and urban life is based on the poem by Martin Armstrong.

Documentary 1958 23 mins

Director: David Gladwell


David Gladwell's ability to capture both the idyllic and eerie aspects of country life are used to great effect in this filmic adaptation of Martin Armstrong's poem about an elderly lady who becomes perturbed by something we cant see. It becomes apparent that she is looking for her past, lost in a memory or the clutches of nostalgia. Miss Thompson's shopping trip to town is in chaotic contrast to the tranquil nature of her lonely home, which on return seems like paradise.

This title is also available on the DVD/Blu-ray 'Requiem for a Village' in the BFI Flipside collection.