Simon

United Kingdom, 1956

Film
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Simon, a clumsy and slightly backward boy, joins his young playmates in their games in the woods, but is tormented and finally abandoned by them. In this experimental film, the children were given only a rough outline of each scene and themselves improvised the details. The central theme of bullying and group cruelty pinpoints a private purgatory familiar to every child. The beauty of the woodlands where the action takes place symbolises the supposedly innocent natures of children, stressing the disillusioning contrast with their behaviour.

Credits

producer

Independent Cine Art

co-director

Anne Balfour Fraser

Hans Casparius

Duration

00:16:00:00

Production places
United Kingdom
Production dates
1956

Collection metadata

ACMI Identifier

009822

Language

English

Subject categories

Economics, Philosophy, Politics, Religion & Sociology → Emotional and behavioral difficulties in children

Experimental

Experimental → Experimental films - Great Britain

Family, Gender Identity, Relationships & Sexuality → Child psychology

Family, Gender Identity, Relationships & Sexuality → Emotional and behavioral difficulties in children

Food, Health, Lifestyle, Medicine, Psychology & Safety → Aggressiveness (Psychology) in children

Food, Health, Lifestyle, Medicine, Psychology & Safety → Child psychology

Food, Health, Lifestyle, Medicine, Psychology & Safety → Emotional and behavioral difficulties in children

Food, Health, Lifestyle, Medicine, Psychology & Safety → Identity (Psychology) in children

Short films

Short films → Short films - Great Britain

Sound/audio

Sound

Colour

Black and White

Holdings

16mm film; Access Print (Section 1)

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