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Penda's Fen

Thursday, 21st March 1974
 9:25 pm BBC1


Alan Clarke
Alan Clarke
Director


I cannot describe this in any other but the words of David Rudkin himself:

“Young Stephen, in the last summer of his boyhood, has somehow awakened a buried force in the landscape around him. It is trying to communicate some warning, a peril he is in; some secret knowledge; some choice he must make, some mission for which he is marked down."

A brilliant piece of film making, a coming of age drama with shades of Bernard Quatermass, M.R. James, and Lindsay Anderson. A beautiful relic from a time when the little box occassionally gave us complexity and wonder instead of "reality."

"child be strange: dark, true, impure and dissonant. Cherish our flame. Our dawn shall come. . ."

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David Rudkin
Himself
Spencer Banks
Stephen Franklin
John Atkinson
Reverend J. Franklin
Georgine Anderson
Mrs. Franklin
Ronald Smerczak
Joel
(as Ron Smerczak)
Ian Hogg
Arne
Jennie Heslewood
Mrs. Arne
Graham Leaman
Sir Edward Elgar
Christopher Douglas
Honeybone
John Richmond
Headmaster
Ivor Roberts
Cooke
Joan Scott
The Lady
Ray Gatenby
The Man
Helena McCarthy
Mrs. Kings
Joyce Grundy
Mrs. Gisbourne
Frank Veasey
Council Workman
(Joffer)
Elizabeth Revill
Nurse
Moray Black
Sixth Former
John Scott
Sir Nicholas Pole
Roy Preston
Brott
Pat Bowker
Joel's Girl (Jill)
Geoffrey Staines
King Penda
Geoffrey Pennells
Demon
Martin Reynolds
Angel
Unknown
Postmistress at Parish Hall Meeting
Unknown
Teen in Car
Unknown
Ron Gisbourne
Unknown
Policeman in Hospital
(John Cannon?)
Unknown
Army Officer in Hospital
Unknown
Government Man in Hospital
Unknown
Axeman
Unknown
Little Girl
Unknown
Mother
Unknown
Mr. Kings (deceased)
Ian Gemmell
Harry (uncredited)


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