Aka Sudden Terror. Twelve year old daydreamer Ziggy (Mark Lester) is an accidental witness to a political killing on a Mediterranean island where martial law obtains, after which he is attacked himself by the perpetrator, policeman Paul Grazzini (Peter Vaughan) who is assisted by Victor Grazzini (Peter Bowles). He gets separated from his older sister, Pippa (Susan George), then they are helped by their grandfather, a retired Colonel, Papa (Lionel Jeffries) and a resourceful bystander with the moniker Tom Jones (Tony Bonner), taking refuge at the lighthouse where the family lives. Meanwhile police Inspector Galleria (Jeremy Kemp) goes on the trail of the killers but ends up where Ziggy is hiding and the boy goes on the run, fleeing for his life as the men close in and calling to his best friend Ann-Marie (Maxine Kalli) … Adapted by Ronald Harwood from the 1966 novel by Mark Hebden (aka John Harris) with some uncredited work by Bryan Forbes who was head of EMI at the time. John Hough directs a surprisingly violent and not completely coherent thriller on an island that remains unnamed (it was shot in Malta) that has strange moments of humour and unusual tonal shifts. Jeffries’ role is so odd that you imagine he’s going to kill his own grandchild. George’s relationship with Bonner is not entirely clear. It’s a real shock when a child is shot in cold blood but never mind it’s not little Mark Lester. An oddity with a terrific soundtrack which was assembled by Jonathan Demme, a rock journo in London at the time.