Remembering One Track Mac - Hatfield School Staff Film 1962

Chris Hepden.

Please – can you help us ?

A small group of HS alumni are gathering recollections of various Drama and Music activities which were enjoyed by many participants at HS – not just actors or audiences, because many other people contributed too.

In addition to the plays etc enacted mainly by pupils, it may not be so widely known that the Staff put on various productions, mostly for their own amusement, but at least one of these ventures was made as an end-of-term entertainment for the Pupils; it was a 16mm silent film, with (as far as we can remember) piano accompaniment in the true 1920s style, and was titled: “One Track Mac”.

Despite the original film and the sound-track tape having been damaged/lost, someone, somehow created a VHS Tape copy of the film, and a copy of the taped version is currently held on a DVD. There may be other DVD copies, but we don’t know. If we could recreate a piano soundtrack in suitable style, it should be possible to combine it with the video, and make the 23 minute experience available more widely.

You can read here, copies of the description of the film, its making, the cast and other members of staff who played essential roles in the making of the film. These descriptions seem to have been written by Vic Hughes (Chemistry master), to accompany the creation of the DVD copies.

To give full credit to the staff behind the creation, slightly better copies of their images are pasted into the attached files.

 

The vital questions are: Does anyone remember seeing the original film ? Does anyone recall anything at all about the music soundtrack ? Please rack your brains, and ask other HS alumni you may still know to do the same, and email any recollections - maybe with attached audio files, spoken, hummed, sung, to me at: chris@wolery-crh.co.uk
This page was added on 04/02/2020.

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