Double Vision (1986)

Amber Films

A blend of documentary and drama exploring the world of boxing, centred on the gym run by George Bowes in Hartlepool.

The activities of the gym are seen against a background of economic decline, through the eyes of Ron (Sammy Johnson), an ex-boxer, and Ray (Ray Stubbs), a television researcher, whose research into a subject for which he has little affection, forms the framework of the film. George Bowes was a professional boxer and a face worker at Blackhall Colliery in Co Durham. The fictional structure around research for a television documentary is less complex, but similar to the device used in T Dan Smith, which came out the following year.

Amber Films, 60 mins, 1986

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