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ABOUT THE WHITE BUS

UK, 1968 (MIFF 1969, Programme 21)

Director: John Fletcher

The White Bus was a 45-minute dramatic film directed by Lindsay Anderson and starring Shelagh Delaney. John Fletcher has been a friend and colleague of Anderson since they worked together in the "Free Cinema" movement of the early Fifties. Fletcher's film about his friend at work—one director's notebook on an admired colleague— is often remarkably intimate, recording many private moments in the creation of a film from conception to can. Script, production conferences, location work, editing, dubbing, music laying ... 13 hours of film were exposed, and three years' editing followed. With its intimacies and insights into the creative process, this has been hailed as one of the best films about a film ever made.

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