The latest in the critically acclaimed BFI Flipside series – continuing its ongoing mission to curate an alternative Brit‐screen history of overlooked rarities in deluxe home –entertainment editions – is a compelling compendium of strange, striking, thrilling, horrific, eerie and eccentric short subjects from the heyday of the British cinematic supporting programme. This carefully‐curated collection – the first of its kind anywhere ‐ includes a plethora of sought‐after titles, some newly remastered in HD for the very first time – and showcases an eclectic range of delights spanning the second half of the 20th century from the 1940s right through to the 1980s. 

A lavish double‐disc limited edition set, it comes complete with an illustrated booklet with full credits and new contextual writing on the films by devotees of the field. Expect strange, spooky stories, odd twists in the tale, imaginative low‐budget weirdness and oodles of atmosphere in these juicy bite‐size morsels of cult film delight from decades gone by.   

Featuring the following films:

  • Lock Your Door (Anthony Gilkison, 1949)
  • The Reformation of St Jules (Anthony Gilkison, 1949)
  • The Tell‐Tale Heart (J B Williams, 1953)
  • Death Was a Passenger (Theodore Zichy, 1958)
  • Portrait of a Matador (Theodore Zichy, 1958)
  • Twenty Nine (Brian Cummins, 1969)
  • The Sex Victims (Derek Robbins, 1973)
  • The Lake (Lindsey C Vickers, 1978)
  • The Errand (Nigel Finch, 1980)

Extras:

  • Interview with Peter Shillingford (2020): newly recorded interview with the producer of Twenty Nine
  • Interview with David McGillivray (2020): newly recorded interview the writer of The Errand
  • Interview with Kate Lees (2020): the chair of Adelphi Films discusses the 2017 discovery of the long thought lost 1953 short The Tell‐Tale Heart starring Stanley Baker
  • Interview with Renee Glynn (2020): newly recorded interview with the script‐supervisor on Twenty Nine
  • Image galleries for The Tell‐Tale Heart, The Lake and The Errand
  • Script galleries for The Lake and The Errand
  • The original short story of The Errand, presented as a viewable gallery
  • Other extras TBC

***FIRST PRESSING ONLY*** Fully illustrated booklet with new writing on the films by Vic Pratt, Dr Josephine Botting, William Fowler, Jonathan Rigby, Peter Shillingford, Lindsey C Vickers and David McGillivray

Certificate:
15
Actor:
Stanley Baker

Julie Peasgood

Alegorn Blackwood
Region:
B
Number of Discs:
2
Main Language:
English
Run Time:
216 mins approx
studio:
BFI

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Release Date: 16 November 2020

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The latest in the critically acclaimed BFI Flipside series – continuing its ongoing mission to curate an alternative Brit‐screen history of overlooked rarities in deluxe home –entertainment editions – is a compelling compendium of strange, striking, thrilling, horrific, eerie and eccentric short subjects from the heyday of the British cinematic supporting programme. This carefully‐curated collection – the first of its kind anywhere ‐ includes a plethora of sought‐after titles, some newly remastered in HD for the very first time – and showcases an eclectic range of delights spanning the second half of the 20th century from the 1940s right through to the 1980s. 

A lavish double‐disc limited edition set, it comes complete with an illustrated booklet with full credits and new contextual writing on the films by devotees of the field. Expect strange, spooky stories, odd twists in the tale, imaginative low‐budget weirdness and oodles of atmosphere in these juicy bite‐size morsels of cult film delight from decades gone by.   

Featuring the following films:

  • Lock Your Door (Anthony Gilkison, 1949)
  • The Reformation of St Jules (Anthony Gilkison, 1949)
  • The Tell‐Tale Heart (J B Williams, 1953)
  • Death Was a Passenger (Theodore Zichy, 1958)
  • Portrait of a Matador (Theodore Zichy, 1958)
  • Twenty Nine (Brian Cummins, 1969)
  • The Sex Victims (Derek Robbins, 1973)
  • The Lake (Lindsey C Vickers, 1978)
  • The Errand (Nigel Finch, 1980)

Extras:

  • Interview with Peter Shillingford (2020): newly recorded interview with the producer of Twenty Nine
  • Interview with David McGillivray (2020): newly recorded interview the writer of The Errand
  • Interview with Kate Lees (2020): the chair of Adelphi Films discusses the 2017 discovery of the long thought lost 1953 short The Tell‐Tale Heart starring Stanley Baker
  • Interview with Renee Glynn (2020): newly recorded interview with the script‐supervisor on Twenty Nine
  • Image galleries for The Tell‐Tale Heart, The Lake and The Errand
  • Script galleries for The Lake and The Errand
  • The original short story of The Errand, presented as a viewable gallery
  • Other extras TBC

***FIRST PRESSING ONLY*** Fully illustrated booklet with new writing on the films by Vic Pratt, Dr Josephine Botting, William Fowler, Jonathan Rigby, Peter Shillingford, Lindsey C Vickers and David McGillivray

Certificate:
15
Actor:
Stanley Baker

Julie Peasgood

Alegorn Blackwood
Region:
B
Number of Discs:
2
Main Language:
English
Run Time:
216 mins approx
studio:
BFI
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