DVD premiere of this acclaimed BBC TV 'Play for Today' from 1978.
Directed by John MacKenzie (The Long Good Friday, Just Another Saturday) and adapted by Alan Garner (The Owl Service) from his own fantasy novel, Red Shift takes the viewer on a fantastical and bewildering journey.
Spanning three separate time periods, Red Shift tells the story of three, troubled young men - one in Roman Britain, one in the English Civil War and one in the 1970s - all of whom are haunted by each other's memories, and are connected through a shared location (Mow Cop in Cheshire) and through the discovery, by teenagers Tom and Jen, of an ancient and mystical axe-head.
Exploring themes of mysticism and folklore that are common in Alan Garner's fantasy novels, Red Shift is a classic Play for Today from the golden age of BBC drama.
Cast and Crew:
Directed by John Mackenzie (The Long Good Friday, Just Another Saturday).
Written by Alan Garner (The Owl Service).
Starring Stephen Petcher, Lesley Dunlop, Michael Elphick.
Awards and Reviews:
‘Probably the most breathtaking depiction of teenage love ever committed to the small screen. With traumatising performances from Lesley Dunlop and Stephen Petcher as the young couple and brutish ones from Bernard Gallagher and Stella Tanner as the boy's hysterical parents, the film was proof positive that Mackenzie was at his best when dealing in the intimate rather than the epic.’ The Independent
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