16mm film Colour Sound 1981 9:14
Summary: A road safety film for children promoting the green cross code.
Title number: 163
Description: 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.
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
Cast: Clown: Steve Jones; Children: Laxfield Children's Drama Club
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.
Keywords: road safety
In galleries: Road Safety Week
Locations: United Kingdom; England; Suffolk
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Anon wrote on April 9, 2017:I'm Nick, the kid kicking the ball. It was filmed in Braintree, Essex and I remember us all travelling there…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
Charlotte wrote on April 16, 2016:The location is not Suffolk, that's definitely the carnival field in Braintree, Essex. We used to live just round the…The location is not Suffolk, that's definitely the carnival field in Braintree, Essex. We used to live just round the corner.
Julian and Sam wrote on December 5, 2015:I never thought I would see this film again. My sister and I were in it. A great nostalgic moment…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?
Samantha wrote on December 4, 2015:I was in this film - one of the children