Confessions from a Holiday Camp

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Confessions from a Holiday Camp
Confessions from a holiday camp.jpg
Promotional poster
Directed by Norman Cohen
Produced by Greg Smith,
Michael Klinger (executive producer)
Written by Christopher Wood
Starring Robin Askwith
Antony Booth
Bill Maynard
Doris Hare
Sheila White
Music by Ed Welch
Cinematography Ken Hodges
Edited by Geoffrey Foot
Distributed by Columbia Pictures Corporation
Release date
  • 1977 (1977)
Running time
88 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language English

Confessions from a Holiday Camp is a 1977 British comedy film. It is the last film in the series which began with Confessions of a Window Cleaner. The film was released in North America in 1978 under the title Confessions of a Summer Camp Counsellor.[1]

Plot[edit]

Timmy Lea and his brother-in-law Sidney Noggett are working as entertainment officers at Funfrall, a typical British holiday camp. The staff are lazy and inefficient, preferring to laze by the pool rather than organise activities for the holiday campers. A new owner, Mr. Whitemonk, an ex-prison officer, takes over the camp and is determined to install discipline into the staff. He is on the verge of dismissing Timmy and Sidney; however, Sidney's suggestion of organising a beauty contest changes his mind.

Producer Michael Klinger was not happy with the script, noting a number of problems that he felt detracted from the quality that set the series apart from its imitators.[1]

Soundtrack[edit]

The title track to the film was called Give Me England and was performed by scrumpy and western band, The Wurzels arranged and conducted by Ed Welch and produced by Bob Barratt.[2] It was released on 45 by EMI records Ltd (EMI 2677). They released an album of the same name in 1977.

Further proposed films[edit]

Although Holiday Camp would turn out to be the last film in the series, a fifth and a sixth film, Confessions of a Plumber's Mate and Confessions of a Private Soldier, had been planned in 1977. Filming was set to begin on Plumber's Mate at the end of February 1978. Robin Askwith even expressed a desire to direct Private Soldier, but neither film materialised. In November 1977 the studio canceled plans for future films.[3][4] Columbia Pictures president David Begelman, who had been very supportive of the British film industry and who had green-lit the first Confessions film, had been implicated in a cheque-forging scandal and either quit or was fired. His successor had no interest in financing low-budget, profitable British films.[3]

Producer Michael Klinger rejected a script based on Confessions from a Haunted House[2]. Plans to shoot a made-for-video Confessions film in the 1980s also came to nothing,[3] as did a proposed 1992 film, "Confessions of a Squaddie", which was proposed with action due to take place in post-Gulf War Kuwait.

Cast[edit]

Cast overview, first billed only:

Filming[edit]

The holiday camp used in the film was Mill Rythe Holiday Village on Hayling Island in Hampshire.

The railway station scene was filmed at the nearby Havant railway station.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Powers, Ned (7 April 1978). "At The Movies". The StarPhoenix. Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. p. 19. 
  2. ^ Jones, Martin Christopher (2001). Psychedelic Decadence: Sex, Drugs, Low Art in Sixties & Seventies Britain. Critical Vision. p. 78. ISBN 9781900486149. 
  3. ^ a b c Askwith, Robin (2012). "Chapter 10: The Further Confessions of a Window Cleaner". The Confessions of Robin Askwith. Random House. p. no page number. ISBN 9781448118687. 
  4. ^ Wood, Christopher (2006). James Bond, The Spy I Loved. Twenty First Century Publishers, Ltd. p. 163. ISBN 978-1-904433-53-8. 

Bibliography[edit]

  • Simon Sheridan (2007). Keeping the British End Up: Four Decades of Saucy Cinema. Reynolds & Hearn Books. ISBN 1-905287-54-2. 

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