The Cooler (1982)

UK, 1984
11m 33s, 1038 ft +13 frames [as measured by the BBFC]
videotape, colour
stereo, English

A British fantasy short directed by Kevin Godley and Lol Creme. It was originally made as a promo video for the single release of the song Private Property by Ringo Starr but grew to include two further songs, Sure to Fall and Attention. It was the the UK’s official entry in the short film category at the 1982 Cannes Film Festival. UK National Registration Number: BR/E 41203/25/7/87

Plot Summary

In the near future, criminals are detained in a prison camp run entirely by women.


Directors: Kevin Godley, Lol Creme
M.P.L. presents
Executive Producers: Linda McCartney, Paul McCartney
Producers: Millaney Grant, Christine Oestreicher
Music: William Cantrell, Quinton Claunch, Paul McCartney, Carl Perkins

Ringo Starr
Barbara Bach
Paul McCartney
Linda McCartney
Ben George (prisoner)

Alternative Titles

La cellule – French title


On Location vol.6 no.6 (October 1982) pp.98-99 – article
Screen International no.342 (8 May 1982) p.1 – note
Screen International no.349 (26 June 1982) p.24 – advertisement

Other Sources
British Board of Film Censors Monthly List June 1982 – note