Cross Now
Wim T Schippers, 1977, 61'08''

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Cross Now is an English-language TV play, which Schippers made for VPRO Television, using English actors. This caused a small riot with the unions, which would not agree to a TV programme for Dutch TV without any Dutch actors. Schippers got his way in the end. The play was broadcast on October 30th, 1977. In Cross Now, during a blazing row with his boss, strangely enough architect Michael Ponsford still gets his promotion. However, he does not get much time to enjoy it, because, in the middle of the argument, his boss suffers a heart attack. And he is not the only one to die. Ponsford is haunted by death: the woman with whom he had been flirting for too long, his wife’s father, one of his competitors, they all succumb. Finally, Ponsford’s young son also dis. Characteristic of all Schippers’ TV programmes are the absurdist puns. These are also present in Cross Now, but are not quite as subtle as in his Dutch programmes. This can probably be blamed on the translation from Dutch to English. Wim T. Schippers’ reaction on the end product: 'Well it’s all there, that’s life, isn’t it.' Read more...

  • Date: 1977
  • Length: 61'08''
  • Type: Video
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