Tuesday, 31 March 2015

Geoffrey Jones - Locomotion (1975)

This is the third of three films produced by British documentary film director Geoffrey Jones commissioned (according to the BFI) for the 150th aniversary of the introduction of the Stockton to Darlington Railway.

Even if you've little or (like me) no interest in trains this is still well worth 15 minutes of your time.

Constructed entirely from stills and old footage with no commentary or dialogue but with a stunning electronic soundtrack composed by Donald Fraser (incidentally the co-creator of the TV series "Rock Follies") and performed, uncredited, by members of folk-rock legends Steeleye Span.

His two earlier films, 'Snow' (from 1963 and also the bearer of a very fine soundtrack) and 'Rail' (1967) are both also available by clicking on their names back there.


  1. Snow is even better...with Daphne Oram on the soundtrack and crazed Duane Eddy sped up rock n roll. Intriguing

    1. absolutely. there's a link to our review in the post.