Everybody’s an Actor, Shakespeare Said

Date: 1968
Director: Barney Platts-Mills
Production Company: Jocasta Films, Mays Film Productions

Stars: Dougie Quant, Roy Haywood, Sam Shepherd, John Carr, Del Walker, Dave Foulger, Dennis Newley
Location(s): Kent, London

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Storyline:

An east London youth drama group improvises scenes based upon their everyday life.

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This short documentary features scenes around West Ham and Stratford in East London. A Central Line train passes in the left background and the overhead wires of the main line can be seen on the embankment.

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The film follows a group of young actors as they portray their everyday lives.

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Many of the teenagers also appeared in 'Bronco Bullfrog', which was set in the same area.

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Elements of the film were used as the basis for 'Bronco Bullfrog', also directed by Barney Platts-Mills.

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After a few scenes are acted indoors, the boys relax by playing football.

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The large field contains several football pitches and is surrounded by houses and high rise blocks.

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The game continues to the sound of 'Lazy Sunday' by the Small Faces.

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Following more role play in the drama workshop, the boys improvise a scene on a golf course. In the background stands the old clubhouse at Prince's Golf Course near Sandwich in Kent. The building was destroyed by fire in 2008. Identified by Richard Lovejoy.

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The lads head to a cafe to play on the pinball machines.

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More play, or is it acting, on a shingle beach.

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Back in the urban decay of the late 60s, railway yards are shown.

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The lads walk through dereliction.

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The camera follows as the young actors turn onto a half demolished street.

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Everybody's an Actor, Shakespeare Said.

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