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A London Trilogy: The Films of Saint Etienne 2003-2007 [DVD]

Paul Kelly , Kieran Evans    Parental Guidance   DVD
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  • Directors: Paul Kelly, Kieran Evans
  • Format: Dolby, PAL
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Bfi
  • DVD Release Date: 22 July 2013
  • Run Time: 180 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00C5II3RW
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 11,087 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description


From a beautifully conceived film-poem and an imaginative exploration of the Lower Lea Valley to an uplifting documentary on a London landmark, the collaborations between much-loved electronic indie trio Saint Etienne and filmmaker Paul Kelly (Lawrence of Belgravia) document London ever-changing environment and landscapes to music by the band. Available together on one DVD for the very first time, this loose trilogy is supported by rare and previously unavailable short films.

Finisterre (2003, Paul Kelly and Kieran Evans): is a homage to London featuring a host of well-known voices who've made the capital their own, soundtracked by songs from Saint Etienne album of the same name.

What Have You Done Today Mervyn Day? (2005, Paul Kelly): follows paperboy Mervyn Day on his round, tracing the fascinating hidden history of East London's Lower Lea Valley in the years before it was redeveloped to become the Olympic Park. Featuring the voices of David Essex and Linda Robson

Commissioned by the Royal Festival Hall to mark its renovation and reopening This is Tomorrow (2007, Paul Kelly) lovingly records the immense labour, that went into the refurbishment of one of London's most distinguished concert venues

Special features

  • Today's Special (2004, 9 min in total): a series of three shorts about London's disappearing cafes
  • Banksy in London(2003, 3 mins): outtakes from Finisterre, that document the artist's work, some of which is no longer situ.
  • Monty the Lamb (2006, 12 mins): a day in the life of Monty, mascot for North Hendon FC
  • Seven Summers (2012, 10 mins): Sarah Cracknell narrates this follow up to Mervyn Day, which revisits the Lea Valley seven years on from the making of that film
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  • The Other South Bank (2008, 9 mins): a look at Tyneside's South Bank area
  • Fully illustrated booklet with newly commissioned essays
  • Dolby Digital mono audio (320kbps)

UK | 2003 + 2005 + 2007 | colour | English | 59 + 45 +54 mins | DVD9 | Original aspect ratio 1.78:1 (16x9 enhanced)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars beyond the lens 29 July 2013
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Having previously enjoyed watching finisterre a past dvd release ( also included on this dvd ) a london trilogy , this compilation is a welcome release and the films do exceed all expectations , wonderful observations of london and its places steeped in atmosphere and punctuated with commentary , derelict , abandoned buildings yet you get a real sense of what once existed , so remote now but were once filled with hope and dreams , you can almost hear the echoes of lives which have moved on .
Definately wouldn,t describe the films as documentaries they really do go below the surface of whats being filmed , neither do they make statements for me they just totally capture a sense of the past and the present .
Various interesting characters appear going about their lives in a casual fashion , no one appears to have a care in the world exuding a passion for london , happy to be where they are , watching football with a pukka pie ,in a cafe ,nose pressed up to the window of a guitar shop , thumbing through a box of 45's , it really is mesmerising stuff .
The quality of the filming seems excellent on my tv , not noticed any grainy resolution but if there was i feel it would be in keeping with the subject .
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ruddy brilliant! 26 July 2013
For the last ten years, indie-pop group Saint Etienne have had another career as film-makers. The three feature films and many shorts in this set show that this isn't just a hobby for them. Beautifully directed and shot by long-time collaborator Paul Kelly, these films will be of interest to anyone who enjoys psychogeography, London, architecture or the work of Patrick Keiller, Iain Sinclair or Jonathan Meades. These are beautiful, incredibly stylish documents of everyday life in a rapidly changing world.
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5.0 out of 5 stars \../ 4 Oct 2013
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This is the business, capturing a recent world now sadly gone. Beautifully shot brilliant score. A very handsome booklet too.
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5.0 out of 5 stars London Observed 17 Nov 2013
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A remarkable chronicle of a city. Beauty is everywhere for those who want to behold and thankfully the Saint Etienne gang has sieved, searched and recorded some tasty vignettes of the other side of the city, which make you value and appreciate what a fascinating, absorbing, evolving and inspiring place London is. As someone who was So Tough once said: A man could lose himself, lose himself. In The London.
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