Business executives learn Method Acting techniques at a training school in Knightsbridge, London.
Various M/Ss of crowds of commuters walking across a bridge in London; most men are in suits, the women in summer clothes; the commentator talks of the British, national characteristics, and how "certainly no-one has ever said we're exactly dynamic!".
M/S of a man, George Martin, sitting at a desk with two cream telephones on it and a bowler hat to his left; he puts down his pen. Natural sound as he talks to camera about the reputation that the English have for being inhibited and reserved, and perhaps it is because we have a cold climate, live on an island, and have a tradition of white collars and bowler hats.
M/S of a group of men and women sitting on chairs before a man who is chattering away; commentator says "This is part of the curriculum at England's first 'Method' school - not for actors but business executives, a studio in Knightsbridge, London , where they can learn to relax, to stop being shy and how to influence people". The school is the Method International Training Centre.
Natural sound as we hear the man jabbering away, talking gibberish as part of an exercise to lose inhibitions. The others look amused; he shakes some of them by the shoulders to make a point; one woman wears an amazing huge leopard-skin busby-type hat!
M/S of GM who runs the course and "claims he can make new men by developing hitherto dormant qualities". He calls two students to the front to take part in a concentration exercise; the leopard-skin hat woman and a man stand face to face; natural sound as both talk non-stop at the same time, trying not to lose their train of thought. It is quite comical; the woman starts to criticise his clothes and while she chatters on he says "I could say a lot about that terrible hat you've got on there, it's appalling!". The others laugh as the pair go on and on, and at the end of the exercise turn and look at GM.
Note: there is interesting information on the course on file, plus two news articles; one positive, one very cynical! Also on tape *PM0119* - transferred twice in error.