Directed by Clive Donner
Starring David Hemmings
"Alfred" was shot entirely on location in County Galway where Clive Donner expected mist and rain for his gloomy epic. The previous year cereal crops and bushes had been planted around the pre-fabricated 'pre-mediaeval' sets. 1968 was a record-breaking sunny summer, so day after day I wasnt called for work. I lived in the old railway stationhouse at Oughterard, which had been converted into a first-floor flat and a ground-level carpet factory. Friends came to stay including Richard Cottrell with whom I was planning our stage production of Richard II.
Above my out-stretched arm is Colin Blakeley, my favourite stage-actor of the period whom I had known in Olivier's National Theatre Company at the Old Vic Theatre.
Production Designer: Jocelyn Rickards