"Contact" by AFN Clarke

ssupersixfour

Old-Salt
While off sick the other day I was clearing out some old videos.

I came across a film called 'Contact' based on the book by AFN Clarke (which I've not read, BTW). The film is based around the experiences of a para subbie in Northern Ireland during the Troubles.

The recording was very old, I reckon late 80s at a guess.

The film was quite gripping to watch, and while I can't comment on the veracity or not of the events it portrays, it certainly had enough in to keep me interested in watching all the way through.....

....which I can't do as the recording cuts out before the end! POSSIBLE SPOILER ALERT - it cuts out just after the patrol captures the gun-runners who have hidden in a house after being attacked by the patrol while swappping rifles over from 1 car to another.

I've tried looking for a copy on Ebay etc but had no joy, perhaps not surprisingly.

I'd be keen to see the whole film all the way through: does anyone by any chance have any input or ideas that might help?
 

HS12

Old-Salt
I recorded it when it was shown on TV, BBC2 I think. I'm sure I've still got it at home somewhere.

Unfortunately not watched it for sometime, so don't remember what happened to the 'gun-runners.'


HS12 :D
 
i'v been trying to get hold of 'contact' for a while, anyone know if its available on DVD anywhere?
 

spike7451

RIP
RIP
That's the one I have been racking my bucket over for ages!
Cheers...
 
This subject came up a while ago. From what I can remember, it's never gone on to official DVD release but I think a couple of home made DVD's ended up on EBay or Amazon. I remember watching it when it came out and it would be interesting to watch it again. Anyone gets a copy on DVD, give me a shout.
 

HS12

Old-Salt
Yep, I've found my copy. It's on VHS and rather grainy. The sound is a bit distorted too from watching it numerous times, when I was a cadet.

Started watching it last night. Then Mrs HS12 got home.

HS12 :D
 

Skinn_Full

Old-Salt
Have read the book, its pretty short, I knew there was a video but have never seen it. I pretty sure that there's no (or very little) talking/dialogue in the film, is this true???

Cheers Easy!
 

coax-on

Old-Salt
Don't they gun them down - the gun runners
 

camolynx

Clanker
The Lord Flasheart said:
This subject came up a while ago. From what I can remember, it's never gone on to official DVD release but I think a couple of home made DVD's ended up on EBay or Amazon. I remember watching it when it came out and it would be interesting to watch it again. Anyone gets a copy on DVD, give me a shout.

you can actually but the book from here

http://www.lostbooks.net/cgi-bin/lbn455/25744.html

as for the video this is the only connection i cold find .
http://www.screenonline.org.uk/tv/id/439385/index.html

Contact (BBC tx. 6/1/1985)

Also some information regarding mr clarke

http://www.anthonyclarkebooks.com/contact.html
 
Was this the book where He talks about his men asking strange questions re their marrages and the very strange episode with the ex SSSShh man fighting a badger to the death in hand to claw combat. Killing said badger, carring it on the patrol for a day or so and than shitting on the ex badgers head?

If so I was a very dull book.
 

camolynx

Clanker
ssupersixfour said:
The Lord Flasheart said:
camolynx said:
you can actually but the book from here

http://www.lostbooks.net/cgi-bin/lbn455/25744.html

as for the video this is the only connection i cold find .
http://www.screenonline.org.uk/tv/id/439385/index.html

Contact (BBC tx. 6/1/1985)

Fuck off troll.


There is no excuse for flashys bad manners. Unfortunately flashy as astonishingly bad manners and don’t seem to realise this

please excuse his out burst as usual
 
Back on topic....

A couple of years back, several inmates at Shrivenham enquired about the availability of a Video or DVD of the film. The Staff College librarian enquired with the BBC and was told something to the effect of 'Well, for you, sir, we'll do a special rate of £300* for putting it on DVD if you really want it.'

(*£150 less than if a civilian library had asked for it, apparently!)
 
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Mr_Logic

Guest
I read this sometime around the late 1980s I think. I am sure that it was based (don't know how closely) on the author's experiences in NI. I am sure that the author became a playwright or director but died aged early 40s. He death was shortly after I read the book which is when the BBC showed the fim version and probably why I remember it. The book wasn't memorable enough for me to retain copy though.

My memory for this sort of thing is normally pretty good but I may be confusing myself, I was dropped on the head as a small child, etc...
 

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