And so, to end this brief run on kid related releases y brawd brings you a gem from 1971, Melody [aka S.W.A.L.K.]. Given a luke-warm initial reception in UK & US - though a huge hit in Japan and, less explicably, Argentina and Chile - it has now graduated to bona fide cult classic status. Watch the trailer for the plot - Pulp Fiction it ain't - but do seek out the full hit. Like many British films of the period it's thrilling in a low-key way to see character actors like Keith Barron, Roy Kinnear, and John “the Scaffold then much later Tiswas” Gorman do their thing. Naturally, Mark Lester irritates and the late Jack Wild excels in equal measure. (And a role in the Jack Wild biopic surely beckons for Brett Anderson.)
The music is mostly Bee Gees at their sugary (not, please note, saccharine) best: In the Morning; First of May; Melody Fair. Additonal lush orchestrated versions of same plus incidental spicks and specks courtesy of the Richard Hewson Orchestra. Boasts a well-chosen closer in Graham Nash's Teach Your Children.
Oddi wrth y brawd
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