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Terry on the Fence
11-year-old Terry runs away from home and is drawn into a gang of bullies, in a gritty Children's Film Foundation drama.
Children's 1985 70 mins
Director: Frank Godwin
When 11-year-old Terry runs away from home he only intends to put the wind up his parents. But a gang of older bullies, led by the tough Les, soon draw him into their daunting world of break-ins and stolen goods.
Based on a book by author Bernard Ashley, Terry on the Fence goes far beyond the concept of goodies and baddies, to the ambiguity at the heart of Terry's moral dilemma. One of the last films made by the Children's Film Foundation (by now the Children's Film and Television Foundation), Terry on the Fence is a rougher edged example of the organisation’s output, featuring a gritty depiction of Terry’s disadvantaged home life and the grim atmosphere suggested by its pre-regeneration docklands location work.
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The Man from Nowhere
Children's 1976 59 mins Director: James Hill
Victorian orphan Alice Harvey - arriving to live at her great uncle's spooky house - is frightened by a mysterious, dark-clad intruder.
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Children's 1972 61 mins Director: David Eady
Gary Kemp (The Krays) becomes entangled with a borstal escapee known as the Deptford Dodger in this cracking drama from the Children’s Film Foundation.
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Children’s Film Foundation adventure that sees a young Michael Crawford scrapping with a rival South London gang in Battersea.
Welcome to Britain
Documentary 1976 73 mins Director: Ben Lewin
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Seance on a Wet Afternoon
Crime 1964 111 mins Director: Bryan Forbes
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The Moon over the Alley
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The Day the Earth Caught Fire
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Quatermass and the Pit
Horror 1967 94 mins Director: Roy Ward Baker
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The Frightened Woman
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Love is the Devil: Study for a Portrait of Francis Bacon
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