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August 21, 2016 / basabbott

Diss Films


Diss Film Night

Chris Pursehouse’s death brought a capacity audience to St. Mary’s Hall to see the film he narrated for Diss Museum.
For the 2006 Betjeman centenary his 1964 film was re-made using some footage from the original.
As Chris was seen in the first film he was asked to narrate the second.
His Norfolk farmer’s voice proved ideal both for the scripted material and his own recollections.
The audience was fascinated to see both the 1964 town and how it was 10 years ago.
Local people read Betjeman excerpts, including Canon Tony Billett’s heartfelt rendering of Blame the Vicar.
The second film, a drama documentary, was The Staymaker about Thomas Paine. Both films had the benefit of Clive Davies’ camera and editing skills.
Diss, Thetford, Bressingham and Old Buckenham provided locations, with the Diss Friends’ Meeting House used for interiors.
Leslie Dumbell (Benjamin Franklin), Alison Dumbell (the wife of Paine’s staymaking employer), Adrian Bailey (the French king) and Beverlee Boulton-Debbage (a slave) were among the local actors who shone.

Basil Abbott

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