Short film adaptation of JG Ballard's "Crash" from 1971

Update: David Pringle sez, "It was shown on BBC 2 television on 12th February 1971, as part of an arts programme called 'Review' (and then not re-shown until many years later, when indeed it did appear on one of the new BBC digital channels). But it's not an adaptation of the novel _Crash_, which was still more than two years away in February 1971. Rather, it's based on Ballard's book _The Atrocity Exhibition_ (1970), and particularly on the short piece called 'Crash!' therein."

Zack sez, "Fifteen years before David Cronenberg adapted J.G. Ballard's novel CRASH to the big screen -- and two years before the novel even came out -- Ballard himself starred in this short for BBC 4 directed by Harley Cokliss, co-starring Gabrielle Drake from Gerry Anderson's UFO (herself the sister of musician Nick Drake). It's a surreal, moody short about the fetishization of automobiles and auto accidents, though not as extreme as the novel and later film. There's a detailed description and analysis of the film and its making on this Ballard website."

Crash! Full-Tilt Autogeddon (Thanks, Zack!)


  1. Since BBC FOUR didn’t exist until 2002, I’m going to guess they weren’t made “for” the digital-only channel … it was screened on BBC 2 at the time.

    1. I believe I saw this as a science-fiction-reading teenager. It would have been on something like ‘One Pair of Eyes’. I may’ve read Drowned World by then and never did learn to drive. Wish I’d’ve known it was Gabrielle Drake though.

  2. Curses! I ve been on a art/bike (both of which I truly love) kick in contrapposto to a sculptor friends obsession with cars.   Now I have this karmic backlash to deal with!  I truly love Ballard as well and Crash (and Cronenbergs adaptation).  What to do?  Should I capitulate and post on my own wall?  Should I post to their wall and risk inflaming their obsession?

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