Arthur's Hallowed Ground

Arthur's Hallowed Ground

Freddie Young (1985)

PG Certificate


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Not to be confused with anything to do with Camelot, this is a slight, David Puttnam-produced film. The Arthur of the title (Jimmy Jewel) is an indispensable school groundsman whose main ambition in life is to create the perfect cricket pitch. Cue much fiddling with antiquated machinery, which is as slow-moving as the film itself. This is the directorial debut of 82-year-old Freddie Young, a distinguished cinematographer who worked on David Lean's Doctor Zhivago, Ryan's Daughter and Lawrence of Arabia. Unfortunately such experience doesn't seem to have helped him succeed as director.


A cricket groundsman plans to make the perfect pitch, but soon finds himself fighting a losing battle against his home team, who seem hell-bent on starting a turf war. Comedy drama, starring Jimmy Jewel, David Swift, Vas Blackwood and Michael Elphick.

Cast & Crew

Arthur Jimmy Jewel
Betty Jean Boht
Lionel David Swift
Len Michael Elphick
Eric Derek Benfield
Henry Vas Blackwood
Norman John Flanagan
George Bernard Gallagher
Sales representative Sam Kelly
Director Freddie Young
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