Saturday 30 March 2013

A Twist of Sand 1968

A recent discovery, this (now in the public domain) film is available for viewing on YouTube.

A twist of Sand has further examples of the uniformly excellent model ship work by Bill Warrington. A  secret advanced WW2 Nazi submarine is destroyed by a British submarine during a flashback sequence. The bulk of the model action involves an ex WW2 fast patrol boat navigating the dangerous shoals off the skeleton coast of Africa to retrieve some stolen diamonds. The sequence is very well shot and choreographed with very convincing boat motion, steering from the stern etc. The water effects, waves and foam are very well handled, with the rocks looking convincingly dangerous.


  1. One of the few times author Geoffrey Jenkins made it to the screen. I've always wondered just what they used as the basis for the NP-1, since from my reading it would have looked a lot like the late war electroboats.

  2. Haha! When I found this site, this film is one of the first I thought of, and here I see you had it listed. What impressive miniature water-ship work this had.


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