BFI Flipside presents
PERMISSIVE (DVD + Blu-ray)
A film by Lindsay Shonteff
THE FLIPSIDE : rescuing weird and wonderful British films from obscurity and presenting them in new high-quality editions.
When Suzy arrives in London to visit an old friend, she is plunged into the ruthless world of the groupie, where she develops a cold, cynical instinct for survival. Mixing gritty location work, brooding flash-forward devices, and a soundtrack by cult prog rock legends Comus, Forever More and Titus Groan, Permissive is a grimly authentic countercultural experience.
By contrast, Bread - also included on this release - is a light-hearted exploration of the same milieu which features is own bona fide cult British rock bands, Juicy Lucy and Crazy Mabel.
- Presented in both High Definition and Standard Definition
- Original Permissive trailer
- Bread (Stanley Long, 1971, 68 mins): a rare film in which a group of friends decide to stage a music festival
- Bread - mute outtakes (17 mins)
- 'Ave You Got a Male Assistant Please Miss? (Graham Jones, Jon Astley, 1973, 4 mins): an entertaining sex education film
- Extensive illustrated booklet with contributions by I Q Hunter, Lee Dorrian and members of Comus
UK | 1970 | colour | English language, with optional English hard-of-hearing subtitles | 90 minutes | Original aspect ratio 1.33:1
Disc 1: BD50 | 1080p | 24fps | PCM mono audio (48k/24-bit)
Disc 2: DVD9 | PAL | Dolby Digital mono audio (320kbps)
United Kingdom released, Blu-Ray/Region A/B/C DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), English ( Dolby Linear PCM ), English ( Subtitles ), SPECIAL FEATURES: Blu-Ray & DVD Combo, Booklet, Featurette, Interactive Menu, Scene Access, Trailer(s), SYNOPSIS: When Suzy arrives in London to visit an old school friend, she is unwittingly plunged into the ruthless world of the 'groupie'. Fuelled by sex, drugs and jealousy, her new lifestyle fosters in her a cold, cynical instinct for survival. But tragedy is never far away. With its effective blend of gritty location work, brooding flash-forward devices, and a soundtrack by cult acid folk and prog rock legends Comus, Forever More - who also star - and Titus Groan, Permissive is a dark British counter-cultural artefact that's shot through with grim authenticity. As a bonus, this release also includes Stanley Long's ultra-rare Bread, a film which, whilst exploring the same cultural milieu as Permissive (and featuring its own bona fide cult British rock band, Juicy Lucy), takes a somewhat more lighthearted approach to its subject. ...Permissive (Blu-Ray & DVD Combo) (Blu-Ray)