An anonymous and impassive young girl (Patricia Healey) leaves her suicidal London life and returns by train to her home in Manchester – although parts of the film were actually filmed in Birmingham.
She stands at a desolate bus stop in the middle of demolished terraces and along comes a white bus. It’s a guided tour bus on its maiden voyage.
The girl rides along with the Lord Mayor (Arthur Lowe) and other dignitaries on a tour of factories, libraries, a natural history museum and even a Civil Defence demonstration.
At the end of the tour, the girl winds up in a chip shop watching a couple. Their love mesmerises and charms the girl, reminding her what life’s all about.
This bizarre 46-minute film was directed by Lindsay Anderson and based on the book Red, White and Zero by Shelagh Delaney. It was originally intended as part of a three-part series of Delaney’s stories, with each segment directed by a different director. The other films never really succeeded, even though they had fairly big British New Wave directors attached.
Watch out for Anthony Hopkins’ film debut.
Fish Shop Couple
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