On the Black Hill - Dual Format (Includes DVD) Blu-ray


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Based on Bruce Chatwin’s award-winning novel, On the Black Hill is an evocative depiction of the life of a rural farming family, set in the beautiful Welsh border country.


Starring Bob Peck (Jurassic Park, Edge of Darkness) and Gemma Jones (Bridget Jones Diary, Radiator) as an embittered married couple, the film charts their efforts to raise identical twin brothers in the turbulent early years of the 20th century. Sharing a unique bond, the brothers journey through eight decades of life, death and hardship together, all the while tied to the land on which they were raised.


Featuring stunning photography and steeped in authentic rural imagery, On the Black Hill has been described as one of the best British films of the 1980s.


  • Newly filmed interview with director Andrew Grieve
  • Fully illustrated booklet

Cast and Crew:

Director: Andrew Grieve (Poirot, Horatio Hornblower, Wire in the Blood)

Cast: Bob Peck, Gemma Jones, Mike Gwilym, Robert Gwilym

Awards and Reviews:


Winner of the Golden Seashell for Best Film at the 1988 San Sebastian International Film Festival


‘A film of integrity, insight and beauty’ (Observer)

‘Oddly neglected since its release, this spare, sensitive adaptation of Bruce Chatwin's novel is one of the best British films of its decade’ (Sight & Sound)

‘Our countryside hasn’t looked this ravishingly lovely since Far From the Madding Crowd’ Time Out




Product Details

  • 15
  • Aled Baker,
  • Rhys Baker,
  • Iona Banks
  • Andrew Grieve
  • 2
Number of Discs:
  • 2
Main Language:
  • English
Run Time:
  • 114 mins approx.
  • BFI
Theatrical Release Year:
  • 1988

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