After I  had made Mrs Ryan’s drama class and found that improvising with non actors produced interesting results, we decided to take the process further. In the summer holidays, we bought together the kids who’d and been in the former  film, took them off to a camp in the woods near a lake,  and shot a story based on improvisation.

What the process proved conclusively was that, improvising or not, you need a strong storyline, one that holds interest not only of the eventual audience, but the kids who are making the movie.

Our story failed on both counts and was a salutary lesson for me which I had well in mind when I later became to make children’s films with Rock Demers.