REVIEW: The Goob - Diss High School

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The Corn Hall film presentations moved to Diss High School in the summer, where the “on tour” flag has been kept flying ever since.

In a welcome addition to the evening, after a screening of The Goob, Guy Myhill’s debut feature, the self-effacing director spoke to an animated and engaged crowd about the challenges faced when making film on local subjects and on a tight budget.

Myhill talked about his wish to capture a Norfolk as far from the tourist spots as can be imagined - one of huge skies hanging over busted cafes that never open, and desolate cash crop farms scoured by migrant workers, and suicidal stock cars forever circling in a the perfect metaphor for lives going nowhere.

His film, and description, was enough to send shivers of recognition through those of us that have driven through the bayou beyond Swaffam.

Ironically, when showing the film across Europe, he was time and again met with bewilderment that a place as flat and desolate even exists in the UK. That our county can seem so alien to others was a sobering thought.

DAVID VASS