Even though there was a label on the front, APC Overnight made no attempt to contact FILM LAB NORTH before selling the negative.

You appreciate it if the item was just another DVD box set but this is production grade material – you can’t officially buy this.

“The film you have requested has strict copyright restrictions so we cannot supply a copy until the copyright holder gives their permission – if you provide some further information I can apply to Creative Scotland on your behalf for permission.”

National Library of Scotland Moving Image Archive


Reference number: 7277

Date: 2002

Director: d. Brian Kelly

Sponsor: BBC Scotland and Scottish Screen

Producer: Carolynne Sinclair Kidd

Production company: Peel Street Films

Sound: sound

Original format: 35mm

Colour: col

Fiction: fiction

Running time: 10.36 mins

Cake factory worker Billy Bongo really wants to be a magician. Now, with a forthcoming trip to Alaska, his chance has arrived to pull off the biggest disappearing act ever. [synopsis from BFI website]

Also known as BILLY BONGO LEAVES HOME (?) – possibly a working title.

Tartan Shorts: A joint short film initiative funded by BBC Scotland and Scottish Screen National Lottery Fund. Three films per year commissioned for theatrical release and broadcast.
Billy Bongo Giles Thomas
James Herman Alex Norton
Irene McVee Anne Marie Timoney
Betty Bain Barabara Rafferty
John Bain Sean Scanlan
Singing bakery girls Christina Cochran, Michele Gallagher, Claire Knight
TV presenter Dougie Vipond

w. Ewan Kilgour
p. Carolynne Sinclair Kidd
d. ph. Oliver Cheesman
p. designer Mike Gunn
film ed. Chris Barwell
sd. rec. Douglas Kerr
composer Gregor Philp
make-up designer Catheirne Muir
costume designer Carole Millar
sd. ass. Martin Ireland
focus puller Alick Fraser
clapper loader Andy Gardner
gaffer Derrick Ritchie
electrician Pat Sweeney
grip Mark Donnelly
1st ass. d. Fay Selby
2nd ass. d. Jill Pryde
3rd ass. d. Joanne Gibson
sc. supervisor Lucy Enfield
art. d. Martin McNee
props master Tony Sheridan
standy props Liam Collins
ear sculptor Grant Mason
still ph. Charlie Crawford
location man. Donald MacKinnon
p. man. Lorna Ferguson
p. accountant Ian Reid
p. trainee Noirin M. Doody O’Connor
wardrobe trainee Brenda Claypole
telecine colourist GlennKyle
online ed. Chris Timson
sd. ed. Angela Slaven
dubbing mixer Brian Paterson

exec. p. Gaynor Holmes, Carole Sheridan

camera equipment Panavision (Scotland) Ltd.
lighting equipment Derrick Ritchie
grip equipment Grip Hous North
catering Argyll Catering
offline ed. Jim Allison Editing
rushes processing Film Labs North
telecine The Finishing School
online ed. Elite Television
titles ISO
Sound Design & Mix Scottish Television
Dolby Mix DB POst
35mm transfer Swiss Effects
print Technicolor

with thanks to Gillian Birrell, Gordon Birrell, Morag Brown, David Cassiday, Lee Cumming, Margaret Docherty, Patricia Kelly, Sarah Main, Craig Maxwell, Barry Munn, Lynsey Munn, Lorna McClurd, Jennifer MacDonald, Francis MacNeil, Dylan Nardini, Peter Palmer, Helen Prior, Theresa Rhodes, Paula Rhodes, James Richards, Ian Todd

and very special thanks to Fiona White, Neville Kidd, Romi, Ursula Cleary, Colin Murray, Angela Mitchell, Chem 19, Paul Murray, Dougie Vipond, The Star Bakery, Mr & Mrs Laird, Sara Harkins, Langs Hotel

Eskimo ear pulling footage courtesy of Bob de Jong Productions, Hilversum, Holland

‘Billy Don’t be a Hero’ used with the permission of Universal Music Publishing Ltd.

BBC Scotland, Scottish Screen Lottery Funded.

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