Buskn

1964 , London (County)

Documentary about 'The Happy Wanderers', a band of buskers who performed in London's West End.

The film begins with shots of a tower block and housing estate. One of the buskers gives his views on life - the importance of thinking, the need to be intellectually honest with children, the neglect of family members in old age. He speaks of his love of classical music (Stravinsky, Beethoven) and art (Picasso) and reads Homer. There is a scene of him eating breakfast with his wife and young son. A performance to audiences in Leicester Square follows. The band go into a pub where they play darts and dominoes. A band member gives her views on the role of women and her ambitions - "I would have liked to have been a mortician, prettying the bodies up". They play while people in the pub dance.

Keywords

Buskers; Dancing; 'The Happy Wanderers'; Housing estates; Pub games; Public houses; Tower blocks

Other Places

Leicester Square, London

Background Information

The BFI Film & Television online database gives the release date as 1966.

  • Director : Julian Gibsone

  • Assistant director : Beverley Wood

  • Editor : Dave King

  • Other : James Weatherburn

  • Other : Andy McIlvenna

  • Other : Graham Bottle

  • Other : Domini Green

  • Other : John Crallan

  • Sound : Bob Saunders

  • Sound : Margery Lindop

  • Sound : Jack Sudic

  • Music : David Perrottet

  • Music : David Perrottet

  • Music : Charles Paradine

  • Music : John Francis

  • Music : Ray Fierstone

  • Distributor : Institute of Amateur Cinematographers

Manifestations

Buskn

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    Duration
    0:15:19
    Modification Date
    27/09/2011
    Parts
    Reference
    729921
  • Barcode
    INV376043
    Canonical Title
    Unknown
    Carrier Type
    MP4 H264 digital
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    Duration
    0:15:19
    Modification Date
    31/08/2011
    Parts
    Reference
    724955
  • Barcode
    INV372767
    Canonical Title
    Unknown
    Carrier Type
    MP4 H264 digital
    Dimension
    Duration
    0:15:19
    Modification Date
    31/08/2011
    Parts
    Reference
    724430
  • Activities
    Barcode
    INV342920
    Canonical Title
    Unknown
    Carrier Type
    DV digital
    Dimension
    Duration
    0:15:19
    Modification Date
    10/05/2011
    Parts
    Reference
    708206
  • Activities
    Barcode
    INV227920
    Canonical Title
    Unknown
    Carrier Type
    master digital
    Dimension
    Duration
    0:15:32
    Modification Date
    08/11/2010
    Parts
    Reference
    696619
  • Activities
    Barcode
    INV225577
    Canonical Identifier
    1120
    Canonical Title
    Unknown
    Carrier Details
    Carrier Type
    16mm film
    Colour System
    unknown
    Colour Type
    unknown
    Dimension
    Has Image
    Y
    Identifier
    Image Polarity
    pos
    Modification Date
    03/08/2010
    Parts
    Reference
    685981
  • Activities
    Barcode
    INV187031
    Canonical Identifier
    698
    Canonical Title
    Unknown
    Carrier Details
    Carrier Type
    16mm film
    Colour System
    bw
    Colour Type
    bw
    Dimension
    Duration
    0:16:40
    Has Image
    Y
    Has Sound
    Y
    Identifier
    Image Polarity
    pos
    Modification Date
    29/07/2010
    Parts
    Reference
    685452
    Sound
    sound
  • Award:
    • Group 1:
      • Note: Awards (data migration 25/06/2021): Amateur Cine World 'Ten Best' films. [1975 listing]

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