Bert & Dickie

Synopsis: In 1948 a London beset by rationing and austerity measures has six weeks to go before the first Olympic Games after the war. With athletes having to supply their own kit the Labour government is desperately hoping the games will attract foreign tourists and their money. Working class Bert Bushnell is anxious for selection in the single sculls event and is upset when former Olympian medallist and innovative organizer Jack Beresford pairs him with journalist Dickie Burnell, whose privileged background he despises. Their initial poor performance sees them at odds but, after Bert has convinced Dickie that their boat needs alterations, their prowess and mutual respect increases. On the eve of the games a nervous Dickie is given confidence by Bert's father and applies a little of his own cunning to ensure a path to the finals. Ultimately Bert also seeks Dickie's father's reassurance, both elders having a secret of their own, and the pair go on to beat the favoured Danish duo and win Olympic
Director(s): David Blair
  2 nominations.
89 min

will come not from sticking

with what is familiar but...

rather by trying out

one or two new formations.

Placing the best with the best.

Do you see?

'The results of the

Diamond Challenge Sculls.

'MT Wood of Australia beat BH Bushnell of Maidenhead Rowing Club.'

Great race, mate! Jeez,

the way you went off,

I thought you'd be in the bar

before I was halfway down!

See you back here

in five or six weeks, eh?

It's unbelievable!

Suddenly discovering reverse gear

in an Olympic trial.

And that was Margaret's fault,

was it?

You know, she was waiting for him,

after work,

even after he promised

he'd stop seeing her.

I don't remember that.

That's because I never said it!


He's been looking to have a go at her

ever since he picked me up.

Oh. And I wonder why! Stop it

both of you, for goodness' sake...

What's done is done.

He can call round for half an hour,


He knows he can't stay out

all night.

He's got work in the morning.

"Come Per Me Sereno"

by Maria Callas

Got it! It was by the oven!

You see. I do not throw

everything out.

I do not have a mania for cleaning.

See you later.

Father. Richard! How lovely!

I was just passing by...

Sorry, are you rushing?

Do you mind?

I, erm... forgot my copy.

The editor's screaming blue murder.

Of course.

They said at your office

you were frantic.

So... You weren't just passing by,


You were looking for me?

I wondered if you'd had

any further thoughts.

All of that... chopping and changing

that Beresford was mentioning.

You know, I was thinking on the way

over, "Poor old Winstone...

"If only he knew he might be

about to be sacrificed

"at the altar of modern sport."

Yeah, I know! I'm a relic, Richard.

Time moves on.

I'm well aware of that.

Oh, take no notice of me, old boy.

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