LOST FOR DECADES!
NOW DIGITALLY RE-MASTERED FROM
THE ONLY SURVIVING 35mm PRINT!

ALIZARIN PRODUCTIONS
present
EDWARD KALINSKI PETER HOWELL RAY ROBERTS
and DOROTHY ALISON in
"THE ERRAND"
with PHILOMENA McDONAGH BRIAN ATTREE JOHN COLLIN
TIMOTHY MORAND TOM BOWLES and MAURICE BLAKE
Executive Producers DAVID McGILLIVRAY and JOHN P. VILTON Produced by GODFREY KIRBY Directed by NIGEL FINCH Screenplay by DAVID McGILLIVRAY Photography PASCOE MacFARLANE
 
After writing four horror films for Pete Walker, David McGillivray argued with the cult director and turned to theatre, TV and radio work. But in 1979, while delirious from a typhoid and cholera injection, he formulated a plot for a film about a dying soldier refused help by everyone he meets. On January 25, 1980, Godfrey Kirby suggested that he and McGillivray should shoot the movie themselves with the aid of a mutual friend, John Vilton. The three scraped together £6000. Since none of them felt confident enough to direct, McGillivray recommended Nigel Finch, with whom he had worked on radio and TV. Although Finch had made several documentaries for the BBC series Arena, he had never directed actors, but more importantly he was willing to work for no money as well as investing a further £2000. Further costs were saved because Kirby's friend, lighting cameraman Pascoe MacFarlane, co-owned a 16mm camera, and because location facilities were granted virtually free. The cast, however, was paid. The actors included Edward Kalinski, who had previously worked with McGillivray on Pete Walker's Frightmare, and Philomena McDonagh, who was simultaneously touring in McGillivray's play The Farndale/Murder Mystery. A small part was taken by Alan Jones, later to become a prominent film critic and co-curator of the Frightfest horror film festival. The Errand was shot in fourteen days between July and August, 1980. In April, 1981, it was taken for cinema distribution by Columbia-EMI-Warner, which put it on a bill with a horror film, Happy Birthday to Me, and later the Sean Connery sci-fi Western, Outland.

At some point in the 80s, all prints of The Errand were assumed destroyed and the negative lost. In 2006 archivist Paul Cotgrove discovered a surviving print in excellent condition. It was digitally re-mastered and is now available for the first time on DVD.
 
   
   
       
   

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The Errand was shown at London's National Film Theatre at in April 2008 as part of the NFT's British Horror of the 70s season. It supported Jose Larraz's Vampyres


The Errand Copyright © 1980 by Alizarin Productions Ltd. Packaging and editorial Copyright © 2007 by Pathétique Films Ltd.