Cat no. 1260

Driving Instructor

Running time6:49 Colour Silent 1965 Newmarket, Suffolk

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Amateur fictional film about the life of a driving instructor.

Genre:

AmateurDrama

In the first of three scenes, a man wearing a hat and mackintosh and walking with a stick emerges from a house. He takes a swig from a hip flask. He walks along a main street, calling in at A.A. Richardson, Opticians. He emerges wearing pebble dash glasses and promptly walks into a post. From here he enters the offices of Ramsbottom School Of Motoring. Here the instructor sits at his desk. A sign behind reads, Don't mix drink and driving. Keep death off the roads. The man enters the office, still drinking from the hip flask. He enters the car for a driving lesson. The instructor wears a hard hat. The man continues swigging from his flask. He reverses out and proceeds to drive at a breakneck speed through the town. These sequences are speeded up to give the effect of speed and recklessness. There are some shots from inside the car. When the car finally steps, the instructor escapes and runs out. The man follows him in the car, waving his stick out of the window. He catches the hapless instructor, hooking him with his stick. The second scenario shows the instructor giving a driving lesson to a young woman. He drives to a quiet road and they change seats. She insists on driving with her arm around his shoulder. She pulls the car into the gateway and makes it clear she wants rather more. The instructor escapes and tries to run away. She catches him on three occasions. On the third occasion she ties him to a road sign. He gives into his fate. The third scenario shows a man being mugged and relieved of his briefcase outside Barclays bank. He jumps into the driving instructor's car and they give chase. At this point the film becomes muddled. There are assorted colour shots, showing scenes from at least three different plays. One appears to show a tale from Viking/Saxon wars, another an eighteenth century battle and a third scenes from the Civil War. The original film cuts back. The driving instructor is lying on Newmarket Heath with the briefcase. This is taken from him by the man. The returns to his office and finds the girl lying across his desk. He walks over to her and the film ends.

Featured Organisations:

A.A. Richardson, Optician; Barclays' Bank

P. Jeffrey

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