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The Balloon

1981
9m 14s
Colour
Sound

Description

A road safety film for children promoting the green cross code.

A rather sinister device of a clown carrying balloons is used to introduce children to good road safety practices. The appearance of both the clown and an ice cream van as well as the proximity of a newsagents are used to provide several reasons for children to need to cross a road. Both good and bad road crossing practice are in evidence, with careless crossings symbolically characterised with the popping of one of the clown's balloons.

Further information

The sponsor of the film, soft drinks company Slush Puppie, gets product placement with prominent advertising inside a newsagents. The electronic soundtrack is a composition by Andrew Hellaby, formerly the bass player in cult psychedelic folk group Comus.

This film is part of the following gallery:
Road Safety Week

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On 9 April 2017, Anon said:
I'm Nick, the kid kicking the ball. It was filmed in Braintree, Essex and I remember us all travelling there by bus and making ourselves feel sick drinking as much free slush puppies as we could!!! Great times, wonderful memories
On 16 April 2016, Charlotte said:
The location is not Suffolk, that's definitely the carnival field in Braintree, Essex. We used to live just round the corner.
On 5 December 2015, Julian and Sam said:
I never thought I would see this film again. My sister and I were in it. A great nostalgic moment for us both. Thanks for putting it on your website. Have any of the other "Laxfielders" been in touch?
On 4 December 2015, Samantha said:
I was in this film - one of the children

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Cast

Clown: Steve Jones; Children: Laxfield Children's Drama Club

Location

United Kingdom; England; Suffolk

Categories

Public Information Film

Themes

Drama; Educational; Transport

Credits

Director: Frank Prendergast; Editor: Frank Prendergast; Script: John Kershaw; Music: Andrew Hellaby; Photography: Nigel Rea; Sound Recording: David Boulton; Lighting: Peter Boulton; Camera Assistant: Rosemary Cszmowska; Editing Assistant: Richard Comrie; Make-up: Ron Fuller; Special Effects: Ron Fuller; Sponsor: Slush Puppie

Formats

Archive name Format LSA ID Archive's identifier Sound
Enfield Local Studies Library and Archive 16mm film LSA218 Optical
Enfield Local Studies Library and Archive DVD LSA218 Unknown
Enfield Local Studies Library and Archive AVI master digital file LSA218 Unknown
Enfield Local Studies Library and Archive DV mezzanine digital file LSA218 Unknown
Enfield Local Studies Library and Archive MPEG-4 LSA218 Unknown
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