Footstep Man

Footstep Man, The - 1992

John Maynard Productions - 84 min.
DVD UPC/EAN # 8713045213909

Cast: Steven Grives, Rosey Jones, Jennifer Ward-Lealand, Michael Hurst, Sarah Smuts-Kennedy, Peter Dennett, Harry Sinclair.
Screenplay: Leon Narbey, Martin Edmond; Photography: Allen Guilford; Editor: David Coulson; Music: Jan Preston; Production Designer: Kai Hawkins; Producer: John Maynard; Director: Leon Narbey.

Sam (Grives) is a sound technician, who must literally walk in the footsteps of the characters on the screen. A "film within a film" that connects the world of modern film-making to the Paris of painter Toulouse-Lautrec (Hurst) and his model/lover Mireille (Ward-Leland) who commits suicide. Mireille's ghost appears to Sam asking for his help. Sam begins an affair with the film's director, Vida (Jones) and persuades her to save Mireille at the end of the film. An original and worthwhile view.

Censor rating: PG - Review rating: B-

The Footstep Man
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VHS copies are difficult to locate, but a Used PAL VHS copy was recently seen at Aro Video.

A high quality PAL R2 DVD is distributed from the Netherland. It is presented 1.81:1 with the original spoken English language track in DD 2.0. There are Dutch optional subtitles. The only extras are three unrelated front loaded trailers.

Aro Videos of Wellington has VHS rental copies available for any New Zealand address

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"The Footstep Man is a difficult film. Its tone of cramped despair is rarely alleviated. You're in for the duration - just as Sam is. Yet the surprise is that the film seems unsure at which level to pitch itself. Narbey and co- writer Martin Edmond spend a lot of time setting up a premise that toys with interesting ideas regarding the emotions at play during film- making, and their film- within- a- film is so good that you wonder if perhaps it was their original idea. But then they tie up all the loose ends, deliver some too- pat coincidences, and generally undermine the ambiguous tone of the film, leaving you feeling rather cheated. " - (Mark Tierney, "A film of dense, dramatic layers", Listener and T.V Times, October 17, 1992)


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