Film ID:
YFA 3305



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Brothers and Sisters is a 96 minute fiction feature. A mystery with a decidedly feminist angle, it implicates not just one man but a wider masculine mentality in the murder of a prostitute as it examines the interconnected lives of she and her sister and a liberal man and his conservative brother.

This archive holds a digibeta copy of the original film as well as the 35mm trims from which publicity stills were taken:

Trim Reel I (approx. 58 ft): With pencil and typewriter, a man in a red plaid shirt works at a desk by a window. Theresa (Carolyn Pickles with blond hair) enters the room and is reflected in the mirror. The man gets up and she takes his place at the desk. The camera adjusts, and we see the man sitting on the corner of the bed reflected in the mirror.
Trim Reel II (approx. 108 ft.): Lighting/camera tests from 31 July 1979 - for a scene where two men lounge on a bed. The bespectacled man is director Richard Woolley.
Trim Reel III (approx. 71 ft.): The man in the plaid shirt sits at his typewriter; In close-up, Theresa speaks and turns to look over her shoulder; At night, car drives under the pub sign 'FOXES'; Jennifer (Carolyn Pickles with dark hair) sits on a bench and a woman with curly blond hair and a red leather jacket joins her. As they talk, Jennifer lights a cigarette.
Trim Reel IV (approx. 8 ft.): In the distance, Jennifer walks under the street lamps of a dark city street, while an obscure, male figure looms in the foreground; The man sits at his typewriter, and Theresa is reflected in the mirror; Theresa sits at the desk, and the man is reflected in the mirror; A man stands in the doorway of a room where a TV is on. Inside the room, another person peers around the doorway to look at him; Sarah (Liz Bennett) lies in bed in the dark; Jennifer walks down dark and rain-slicked streets.
Four frames have been preserved in plastic cases as still slides:
5/6. In the dark, a man stands in a red phone box on a residential street while Jennifer stands nearby on the pavement.
7. Alone at night, Jennifer walks down the middle of a city street.
8. A pair of hands holds a black and white photograph of Jennifer
There is also approx. 13 ft optical sound
Theresa Bennett/Jennifer Collins: Carolyn Pickles
David Barratt: Sam Dale
James Barratt: Robert East
Sarah Barratt: Elizabeth Bennett
Tricia Snow: Jenifer Armitage
Pete Gibson: Barry McCarthy
Helen Dawson: Barrie Shore
Father: Norman Claridge
Mother: Mavis Pugh
Detective: Fred Gaunt
Constable: Nick Jensen
2nd Policeman: David Theakston
Client: Jack Platts
2nd Prostitute: Mary Wray
Winston: Nelson Fletcher
Milton: Alexander Cruise
Charlie: Leroy Mills
Taxi Driver: Bert Oxley
White man at bar: Ken Hastwell
Black man at bar: Mitch Lewis
Drunk: Ken Burgess
Man fighting: Brian Hibbard
Lighting camera: Pascoe MacFarlane
Camera operator: Russell Murray
Focus: Steve Harrison
Clapper/loader: Anne Cottringer
Electrician: Malcolm Davis
Sound recording: Alf Bower
Assistant: Peter Care
Art director: Miranda Melville
Assistants: Li Guy, Joke Van Wijk
Re-recorded at: Delta Sound
Effects: Peter Harvey, Hans Kramski
Sound Mix: Doug Turner, Bob Jones
Original Music: Trevor Jones
'Where Do You Think You're Going?' performed by Dire Straits, written by Mark Knopfler
'Reggae Reggae Music' by Anthony King, Jackie Edwards, and Pamela Douglas
Original screenplay: Richard Woolley
Re-written in conjunction with: Tammy Walker
Script assistance: Stephen Trafford, Robert Lavender, Tim Lang, Liz Castledine, Kate Housden
Research assistance: Julie Joyce, Su Maddock
Casting assistance: Michael Attenborough, Elizabeth Mansfield
Production supervisor: Jim Pearse
Assisted by: Philip Abrams
Production assistants: David Belden, Gary Dore, Brian Hibbard, Joss Browning
Producer: Keith Griffiths
Executive Producer: Peter Sainsbury
Director: Richard Woolley
Thanks to: Delta Sound Services Ltd., Shepperton; CTS, Wembley Music Centre; ATS Casting (Leeds); Bruce Kington Lighting; Rank Film Laboratories Ltd; Cine-Europe Ltd; Samuelson Film Service Ltd; Lady Stoddard-Scott; Yorkshire Arts Association Communications Centre

The film was produced by the BFI Production Board, culminated its turn on the 1981 festival circuit as the official British entry at Moscow, played theatrically in London and elsewhere, and was critically well received. It aired on Channel 4 in 1984 and 1989.


Additional Information:  Script available as part of YFA background file.