They got some really good stuff, so the power which is written and directed by karina faith. This is a kind of uh, an eerie chiller set in the early 70s during the power strikes. You know when power cuts were the order of the day and uh rose. Williams is val, who is a new arrival nurse at an east london hospital? She seems very naive: she’s come from uh from a children’s home, where we hear that you know it could be very brutal life there. She clearly has dark secrets hidden in her past she flinches. Whenever she’s asked a probing question. She wants to work um. You know pediatrics and kids and babies. She meets a little girl very early on who seems to apparently keep you know. Nobody can keep track of her and then she meets a nurse babs who she knew before and who seems to have bullied her and then she meets a maintenance man played by theo, bucking, briggs, who’s kind of impressively leering, and she gets on the wrong side of The matron, who immediately condemns her to doing the one thing which she doesn’t want to do, which is to be working in the hospital in the dark when the lights go off, here’s a clip. The only ward left here tonight is unto natal and intensive care generators. Will power them? You will be on intensive care stay on the ward unless essential, it will be very dark. Music that’s it from me, i’ll, be back with the power at 7am.
Take good care tonight, stay safe and stay near that canyon that’s too early isn’t. That too early now, i should say that you heard the the voice of a of a dj which will be for me if you’re a regular, listen to this show. We have in the previously invited on air joe haddow um, who works on the technical side of the thing and was was brought in at great expense to provide the voice. He was the voice, he was the voice, so i so you know a full. You know cards on the table. There is a connection through that. Well, i have to say, it’s a very small connection and it actually in no way affected my view of the film, which is that this is a really interesting film. When i, when i first left school and i didn’t get into any universe, i did a ucas from what i could form or whatever they called now. You know i applied to five universities got rejected from all five. I ended up working in the london hospital in white chapel uh, which i loved. I really fell in love with it and in fact you know when i finally got an offer to go to manchester i kind of thought. Well, i actually really like it here. What this film captures is there is a splendid creepiness to that idea of you know: hospitals and hospital corridors um. I got in touch with the director and said: where was it shot? She said: good maze hospital, which is an old, victorian psychiatric building and uh.
Also blithe house for the staircases between the floors. What they managed to do is to take that location and turn it into the kind of classic haunted house with layers. You go up, you go down and down this you know bad stuff in the basement, and the floors seem to be kind of weirdly interchangeable. It’S got it. Does that thing that stephen king writes about in um dance macabre, which is a book that i know you like very much in which he talks about literature and films that evoke the bad place? You know the the kind of it’s, whether it’s the haunting or haunting of hill house, or whether it’s the shining whatever it’s, that idea of the bad place. In fact there is, there is a stephen king joke in the film that somebody is reading uh an early copy of carrie um it’s, beautifully shot by uh, laura bellingham. Who really makes these corridors look like they go on forever, but also evokes the idea that they’re circling that somehow you’re in a labyrinth, or i always get it wrong? Is it elaborate you’re in a you, know, you’re in something that just leads you round and round? Like the uh, you know those that that extra drawing of the stairs that kind of all lead to themselves – great soundtrack by um, elizabeth and max wardener, as i said like that cameo by joe, but the the thing that it gets right is.
You know every now and then i started thinking about things like okay that’s, so that reminds me a little bit of saint moored and that reminds me a little bit of the haunting. But the thing it gets right is that it has its own atmosphere and it is a really smart idea setting it in in this time period, which we all remember and you, and i certainly remember – of the power cuts and the power going off. And i love the i like the kind of that double on that thing, about it’s called the power but what’s the power referring to so yeah it’s it’s uh. It is a really solidly haunting.