T Dan Smith DVD
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T Dan Smith
A funny thing happened on the way to Utopia.
Amber, UK, 1987, 85 mins
‘T. Dan Smith remains one of the most innovative and challenging documentaries to have been broadcast in Britain.’ BFI Screen Online
An experimental mix of thriller and documentary exploring the scandal centred on the one-time Newcastle Council Leader, aka The Mouth of the Tyne, who was sentenced to six years imprisonment in 1974 for corruption. A dynamic and visionary politician, Smith collaborated closely as Amber unpicked the story of a leftwing group of ex-war resisters who took control of the city council in 1960, the socialist and civic ambitions and the betrayals; the claims of MI5 involvement, of ministerial cover-ups and the unseen role of the Privy Council. With Smith appearing as himself and filmmakers Murray Martin and Steve Trafford as two journalists, the film interrogates the interviews and archive footage, weaving them together with a fictional scandal unfolding on the streets around them…
Cast includes: Art Davies, Dave Hill, Murray Martin, Chris Northey, T Dan Smith, Steve Trafford. Interviews with T Dan Smith, Jack Johnson, Ken Skethaway, Dennis Skinner. Written by Steve Trafford. Music by Ray Stubbs. Directed, produced and crewed by Amber.
The Making of T Dan Smith (Amber, 22 mins, 2009)
A conversation with Steve Trafford.
Amber, 5-9 Side, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 3JE
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Disc Format 5
All Regions PAL