Respected film critic Kim Newman presents this documentary review of a number of the films featured in the BFI's 'Flipside' series. With the series specialising in showcasing some of the more obscure and hard-to-find examples of British filmmaking over the years, Newman reviews the releases to date, interspersed with clips from the films. Also includes the documentary short 'Carousella' (1966), about a group of striptease artistes, the short travelogue 'Tomorrow Night in London' (1969), and the short story 'A Spy's Wife' (1972), directed by Gerry O'Hara.
If classic and cult British films - from Alfie to Performance, from The Devils to Withnail and I - are your cup of tea, then this indispensable guide to a previously uncharted, alternative history of British cinema is for you.
In an all-new documentary, produced exclusively for the BFI, the UK's most knowledgeable and well-respected cult film critic, Kim Newman, explores such questions as how the director of Help! and Superman II came to make one of the world's greatest, but little-known, black comedies, and lifts the lid on which previously unseen British film features Helen Mirren in her debut role.
With a selection of original trailers and short films - including one that's exclusive to this release, Tomorrow Night on London - this is your passport to the exciting and surprising world of the Flipside. • Kim Newman's Guide to the Flipside of British Cinema (2010, 37 mins): all-new, exclusive documentary • Carousella (1966, 25 mins): controversial documentary on the lives of a group of striptease artistes, directed by John Irvin (Hamburger Hill, Raw Deal) • Tomorrow Night in London (1969, 5 mins): vibrant and fast-paced tourist board short extolling the virtues, and fashions, of London's nightlife • The Spy's Wife (1972, 27 mins): a modish tale of international intrigue and extra-marital relations with Tom Bell (The L-Shaped Room, Prime Suspect) and Ann Lynn (Screamtime, Separation) • BFI Flipside trailer reel • Fully illustrated booklet with essays and film credits