Yorkshire nostalgia: '˜Mad as a hatter' cellist plays in field

This week's featured film clip, available to view on the Yorkshire Film Archive website, is a comical fiction film by a local York filmmaker Patrick Olsen and features two characters dressed in 18th century clothes: a cellist and, presumably, his servant. The film stars a young David Bradley, now a famous actor of stage and screen, in an early role as well as fellow York actor Tony Akrill.

By The Newsroom
Sunday, 29th May 2016, 11:45 pm

The opening has the ‘servant’ in top hat and tails sitting next to a sign of the film’s title, ‘It’s A Mad, Mad World.’ He holds the ‘W’ as it is falling off the wall, and smoke is coming out of his hat.

The film begins with a cellist, dressed in Georgian costume and a white wig, sitting in a field playing his cello. Next to him on one side is a sculpture of the Venus de Milo and a table with an antique telephone on the other.

With a happy expression on his face, he begins to play the cello, but then stops and looks into the distance. He picks up some binoculars and looks at a musical score on a stand in the next field. Looking agitated, he picks up the phone.

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A man is lying on a fallen tree branch asleep while an antique phone is hopping about on its cradle besides him. See more on the YFA website.