Terminus (1961 film)

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Terminus is a 1961 British Transport Film documentary directed by John Schlesinger which presents a "fly-on-the-wall" look at an ordinary day at Waterloo Station in London. Along with most British Transport Films, it was produced by Edgar Anstey. It was nominated for a BAFTA Film Award for Best Documentary. Original music was by Ron Grainer.

Many of the "reportage" shots were actually staged. Schlesinger makes a cameo appearance as a passing, umbrella-carrying business man and one of the main characters in the film, a tearful and apparently lost five-year old, Matthew Perry, was abandoned deliberately by his mother Margaret, an actress relative of Schlesinger. Other characters, including handcuffed convicts and a confused elderly woman, were actors.[1]


  1. ^ The British Transport Films - A Nation on Film Special, BBC, 2008

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