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Julien Temple – The Great Rock ‘n’ Roll Swindle [+extra] (1980)

The Great Rock ‘n’ Roll Swindle is a 1980 British mockumentary film directed by Julien Temple and produced by Don Boyd and Jeremy Thomas. It centres on the British punk rock band Sex Pistols and, most prominently, their manager Malcolm McLaren. Read More »

David Hinton & DV8 Physical Theatre – The South Bank Show: Dead Dreams of Monochrome Men (1989)

Filmed here for a special episode of The South Bank Show, DV8 Physical Theatre’s production of Dead Dreams of Monochrome Men was inspired by the grisly world of the notorious 80’s serial killer Dennis Nilsen. He was responsible for 16 murders in London. The majority of his victims lived on the edge of society and were visitors at his home.

“I was left with an endless search through the soul-destroying pub scene and its resulting one-night stands …passing faces and bodies, the unfulfilled tokens of an empty life. A house is not a home and sex is not a relationship. We would only lend each other our bodies in a vain search for inner peace.” ~ Dennis Nilsen. Read More »

Neil Jordan – The Company of Wolves (1984)

The story unfolds as young Rosaleen lies dreaming in her bed. A violent nightmare transports her back in time to a world of primeval forests and werewolves. In this netherworld she learns that her only sister has been killed by a wolf. Her Granny weaves vivid tales of folklore and fantasy with warnings of fantastic beasts that lurk within men and foretelling the fate of all young girls who stray from the path… Read More »

Michael Winterbottom – Jude (1996)

A stonemason steadfastly pursues a cousin he loves. However, their love is troubled as he is married to a woman who tricked him into marriage and she is married to a man she does not love. The film is based on the novel Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy. Read More »

Paul Turner – Hedd Wyn (1992)

Oscar nominated for Best Foreign Language film in 1994, this Welsh language film tells the true story of a young poet’s fight to protect his family, his loves and his burning ambition under the shadow of the First World War.

Directed by Paul Turner, the director of photography is Ray Orton, who was also responsible for the cinematography in Gadael Lenin and Branwen. Read More »

Alexander Leith – Age of the Image (2020)

From the Introduction
Every age is said to have its genius. The 18th century is often called the age of philosophy. The 19th century is the age of the novel. But our own age is undoubtedly an age of the image.

Other periods had images, of course, but, in the last 100 years or so, we made more images than ever before, and they have changed not just what we see, but how we see.

This was an era that rewrote the rules of image making. Beaming pictures into our homes, manipulating them, making the impossible visible and, in the digital age, revealing them in eye-opening detail. Read More »

Edgar Wright – Spaced [Season 2] (1999)

Spaced is a British television sitcom created, written by and starring Simon Pegg and Jessica Stevenson, and directed by Edgar Wright, about the (comedic and sometimes farcical and action-packed) misadventures of Daisy Steiner and Tim Bisley, two twenty-something Londoners who, despite only having just met, decide to move in together after she gives up on squatting and he is kicked out by his ex-girlfriend. Supporting roles include Nick Frost as Tim’s best friend Mike, Katy Carmichael as Daisy’s best friend Twist, Mark Heap as lodger Brian who lives downstairs and Julia Deakin as landlady Marsha. Read More »