Thursday, 8 July 2010
Unmann's choice: Great Telly
On this week's conference call, Unmann reminded me about Harold Baim's 1981 short film 'Telly Savalas Looks At Birmingham', and we realised that it had to be posted on here as a matter of urgency.
This wonderful short film was produced as a 'quota quickie', i.e. the mandatory UK produced element of a cinema programme in the days when audiences expected a package of entertainment, not just one mega long, mega loud film and a massive drink that costs a tenner.
'Kojak' star Savalas didn't visit the second city for the film, instead recording his voice over at the de Wolfe studios in London. I like the way that Telly pronounces some words as if he's never, ever heard them before and his constant 'incredible, just incredible' enthusiasm is both charming and inadvertantly comic.
I'm sure this film had the required effect and boosted tourism to Brum (Baim only filmed on sunny days so that UK locations looked like Monte Carlo), as Baim and Telly also looked at Portsmouth and Aberdeen before going their separate ways.
Why don't we have over-40's disco competitions nowadays? Broken Britain, baby, broken Britain.