A Future for Amanda

15 minutes, 16mm optical sound, colour

A BCS production made for the Bristol Department of Health and Social Services

Film, Unit: Reg Middle, Joe Higgins, Ron Elson

This documentary shows something of the work of a local training school for the mentally handicapped. The centre, at Hengrove, replaced the old Marlborough House, and the film was needed to replace the now dated Marlborough House film.

The centre takes children and young people who, in the opinion of the doctors, would not be able to profit from attendance at ordinary schools and the film’s title was named after a happy and charming five year old, Amanda Isaacs who was beginning at Bush Training Centre in September 1967, having become mentally handicapped as a result of cerebral meningitis when a baby. The film was finished in 1969. Reg Middle and Joe Higgins shared the editing, Joe Higgins was responsible for the photography and Ron Elson was in charge of sound.

Amanda was awarded the following:

A new Film Festival was organised by the Ballard Centre Cine Group and Ron Elson was at Plymouth on 12th January 1971 representing BCS at the public screening of the winning films and the award of trophies and prizes.

It proved a great day for BCS for our 16 mm. entry A Future For Amanda was adjudged the best film in the festival. The Lord Mayor of Plymouth presented the prizes. Amanda received the Spears and Edwards Solid Silver Cup to be retained for one year and a Bell and Howell Filmosound 375 Super 8 cine camera. In addition we were awarded the Independent Newspaper Trophy for the best film in the documentary class. The festival attracted 68 entries and the judges were a senior editor and a BBC sound man.

"If ever a film rated a Ten Best award, this was one...."

"of such a high standard ...."

"really professional standard"