X-Requests was a 1974 short comedy, a sequel to The Adventures of X, by Andrew Fisher and Michael Newman, financed by the BFI Production Fund in 1967. It was made as an experiment on a very low budget with the help of some distinguished film-makers and performers. It uses encounters between stereotypes to represent fears current in 1974, a time when Britain’s fortunes were at their lowest ebb. X, an anonymous everyman figure, wanders around London ravaged by inflation, unemployment, homelessness, terrorism and foreign money. X’s sole asset is a transistor radio and the dispossessed peer enviously at him and it.
Links to Peel
The film records X’s attempts to have a record played for him on a phone-in request show. The hysterical disc jockey (John Peel) plays the BBC’s only remaining record over and over again.