Friday, 30 September 2011
The Finishing Line
As a child, I used to live next to a railway line. To be honest, it was a lot more fun than 'The Finishing Line', a relentlessly grim educational film produced by British Rail, would suggest. It makes the most impact in the first few minutes, then runs on for another quarter of an hour making the same point in slightly different ways. That said, the relentless monotony of death and dismemberment is its own message - it's like the futile slaughter of the trenches transported to Hertfordshire.
Director John Krish was also responsible for the gut-wrenching 'Last Minute'. He clearly took his responsibilities very seriously.