SYNOPSIS (full plot to follow soon): Charismatic con-artist and self-styled guru Galahad Ruby is a man used to getting his own way. When he arrives in the remote village of Morvoruen with a van load of hippy followers, his plan is to set up a spiritual retreat for the rich and gullible. However, it soon becomes clear that the locals are violently opposed to his use of the ruined shrine at the end of the headland as a focus for drug-fueled ceremonies.

  Rumours of an ancient curse and the objections of simple fisherfolk are nothing to the great Galahad Ruby. He has no belief in supernatural powers himself - that's for the punters. But as one by one his companions fall victim to a series of bizarre accidents, he begins to suspect that there really is a dark secret at the heart of Morvoruen...



CAST:

The Hippies:
Galahad Ruby - Vincent Carlysle
Starchild - Angeline Thoreau
Bispy - Dave Lucas
Sleepy Carol - Sharon Pendragon
The Medicine Man - Malcolm Drury

The Fisherfolk:
Old Solomon - Ronald Greville
Rhona Moray - Ursula Florentine
Arthur Trefusis - Joe Higgins
Jacob Trefusis - Henny Nixon
Katie - Margaret Hopwood

Made in 1969 by Chapterhouse Films
Directed by Lance Capricorn
Written by Clavier Wilkie



PRODUCTION HISTORY: 1967 - the age of Aquarius dawned and all over the world young people tuned in, turned on and dropped out. There was a flowering of youth culture and an artistic renaissance; the spirit of possibility was abroad in the air. Indeed, it was possibility which interested Sir Rowland Asquith, the CEO of Chapterhouse Films - the possibility of making money. In 1969, when he finally became aware of the psychedelic movement, he had the brainwave of making a horror movie starring what he persisted in referring to as "beatniks". This, he was sure, would get the young people flooding back to the cinema, thus raising some much needed funds - funds which he could then plough into something altogether more worthy: his seven film adaptation of The Iliad, with dialogue in the original ancient Greek (a project which later became known in the trade as Asquith's Folly).

  Realising that he himself did not have the most comprehensive grasp of contemporary youth culture, Asquith hired as his director the hip and happening auteur Lance Capricorn, previously responsible for 1967's Groovy Umbrella and the 1968 musical Wow! What a Henge! He chose as his male star the washed up former teen-pop sensation Vincent Carlysle, who had had a string of forgettable hits in the early sixties with songs such as My Funny Playtime Baby and Your Lips are Like a Railway Station. For the female lead he cast the socialite wildchild and would-be rock diva Angeline Thoreau. One of Capricorn's ex-girlfriends, she was famed for her scandalous parties and even more scandalous singing voice. It would prove to be an unfortunate decision. From the start there was friction on set, culminating in an all night drinking session on the last day of filming which led to the crushing of Carlysle's larynx with an ornamental dolphin statuette. The resulting legal case against the studio carried on well into the seventies and was a contributing factor in the eventual collapse of Chapterhouse Films.

  Only four of the seven films of The Iliad were ever made. Sadly those were destroyed in a gas explosion at the studio, which occurred during the filming of the last, and most desperate, of Asquith's money making ideas - a disaster movie titled Our Skyscraper is Sinking.


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