A Shocking Accident
Jerome Weathersby is informed by his headmaster that his father, a travel writer, has been killed in a Naples street accident – hit by a pig which fell from a collapsing fifth floor balcony. Jerome’s schooldays immediately darken; fellow pupils taunt him, and he grows into an inhibited chartered accountant. When his Aunt Joyce regales a prospective girlfriend, Amanda, with details of the shocking accident, Amanda responds with raucous laughter. But a later girlfriend, Sally, shares Jerome’s unsentimental viewpoint: “What happened to the pig?” she asks. A happy future seems assured.
The Guardian, London, "An octet of Oscars", 1983
Monthly Film Bulletin, Great Britain, 1983 by Geoff Brown
Screen International, "Flamingo is sitting pretty", 1983