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Petrol

A short drama about murder

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Description

A fictional story by a prolific amateur filmmaker about a driver whose car runs out of petrol on a country road and who is strangled to death by a homicidal stranger.

Questions & Activities

Questions

  • What do you think this film is about?
  • What other films does this remind you of?
  • What is the significance of the title?
  • Where is the murderer coming from and where do you think he is going?
  • What do you think is his motive for killing the motorist?
  • How would you rate this film? Justify your choice in reference to the BBFC rating system. (www.bbfc.co.uk)
  • Comment on the opening and closing transitions (iris in/iris out).

Activities

Expressive Arts / English: Create a storyboard of the film. Discuss the type of shots and how they add to the atmosphere.

Music / English / Expressive Arts: Create a soundtrack of either music or narration or using percussion instruments to create mood.

English / Expressive Arts: Write a script/story with dialogue suggested by watching this film.

English / Drama / Expressive Arts: Write a script/story about what happened before and after the events in the film.

English / Media Studies: Compare and contrast with Enrico Cocozza'€™s documentary film "€œGlasgow's Docklands"€.

Clip Details

Record Id 007-000-000-217-C
Resource Rights Holder National Library of Scotland
Project Ref 1110
Date 1957
Genre Fiction, Amateur
School Subject Expressive Arts, English, Social History, Music, Drama
Who Enrico Cocozza (director)
Where Rural
Attributes Black and White, Silent
Clip Length 2:26
Film Length 2:35
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