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Permissive (DVD + Blu-ray)

Maggie Stride , Gay Singleton , Lindsey Shonteff    Suitable for 18 years and over   Blu-ray
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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Product details

  • Actors: Maggie Stride, Gay Singleton, Gilbert Wynne, Forever More, Titus Groan
  • Directors: Lindsey Shonteff
  • Format: Colour, PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: BFI Flipside
  • DVD Release Date: 24 Oct 2011
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005R1X6QW
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 43,403 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

BFI Flipside presents

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.

Special Features

  • 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)

Product Description

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)

Customer Reviews

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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Groupies - The Bognor Regis Experience 10 Mar 2010
By Brady Orme VINE VOICE
The groupie film was a staple of the late 60's / early 70's B-Movie scene, as nothing played into the hands of the Daily Mail-reading moral classes more than footage of adolescents running away from home and doing questionable things with bearded guitarists. Hence films like "Groupie Girl" and "The People Next Door" were prime pieces of exploitation arcana. The British scene was as vibrant as the American scene and not just supplementary, and it's best represented here in Lindsey Shonteff's "Permissive", and I get to my knees and praise the BFI and their Flipside label for keeping a "lost" film in the public eye.

Suzy arrives from the provinces, fresh and innocent, ready to hook-up with her friends and experience first-hand what The Smoke has to offer in the way of rock-n'-roll fun. Acquaintance Fiona soon has her following hippie-rock band Forever More who show her more than 1000 ways in which to disrobe within seconds (or something) with more quaaludes thrown in than a 1973 screening of "Deep Throat" for good measure. So far so innocent-girl-led-astray storyline which you were expecting all along, with the resultant tragedy endgame to follow. But you're not watching this film for it's dog-eared narrative, but for a first-hand glimpse of the groupie life in the 1970s really. And you get it here in spades, thanks to Shonteff's apparent eye for exploitation cinema (He later directed the trashy Ripper-inspired "Night after Night after Night", erm, Flipside?...) and the colours and fashion of the era. It's a treat indeed.

Anyway, the movie looks good for it's age, but not on a par with companion Flipside piece "Privilege" it must be admitted.
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4.0 out of 5 stars BFI Flipside # 9: Permissive 29 May 2012
The ninth entry in the BFI's Flipside series, a label intended to give films that may have received very little exposure in the past much more attention than they'd ever had previously, and Lindsay Shonteff's 'Permissive' from 1970 is an excellent example of that. It's the story of a girl, Suzy, coming to meet an old school friend in London, but ends up getting a lot more than she expected when she's drawn into the murky work of groupies. We see Suzy rise from an outsider to being at the top of the pile, as she follows the band Forever More (who were a real band and play themselves in the film). Though it's the same subject, it's a completely different film to Almost Famous, and with its dreary colours and depressed-looking people it does anything but glamourise the life. The acting is equally unspectacular, though Maggie Stride in the lead role was compelling throughout. This is not a classic film, but as a document of its time, as many of the Flipside releases now are, it's certainly worthy of watching, and is oddly one of my favourite Flipside films, despite the negatives I mentioned. One of the highlights is the music, which was provided by late-60s 'progressive-folk' band Comus. You'll probably remember the music long after you've forgotten the film.

As the BFI had access to the original 35mm camera film, which has evidently not had a lot of usage in the last 40 years, the picture quality is excellent throughout. There's a fine layer of grain, but the picture looks clear, especially in closeups. It should also be noted that there is both a Blu-ray and a DVD here, both with the same features. Extras are lavish, as is typical of Flipside releases.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Scabies! The Movie 13 April 2011
In some ways the films that occupy this DVD are hilariously bad, being beyond cheap in terms of production values. Of course these films are also fascinating documents of social history - a great justification for enjoying these tawdry flicks that have about them a 'what the butler saw' character. The age of 'free sex', it transpires, was pretty grim - you get the feeling it's a rare day a sheet gets washed, let alone a hairy rocker.

Of course I picked up this DVD to get a glimpse of Comus, and glimpse only it is, as members of the band hover uncomfortably around the perimeter of a party. Still, Permissive is, in its own way, heaps of fun, and for lighter relief (ho-ho-ho) is accompanied by a 'confessions of a window cleaner' type film in which hairy 70s types put on a free festival. This is quite possibly the funniest British film to get (presumably fairly limited) distribution, being thoroughly disconnected from the culture it seeks to represent. Oddly, it does accidentally have its authentic moments, due largely to the necessity of co-opting extras into the mix.

Not an essential BFI DVD, but chock full of fun and definitely worthy of shelf space.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not even a period piece 24 April 2013
By gerryg VINE VOICE
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
My expectations for this film were towards the margins: contemporaneous Britain spotting. There was some but not enough to justify the purchase.

The film is self-indulgent with few redeeming features and bad acting. It would have been better, perhaps, if it were not taking itself so seriously. The challenge is to identify the audience for whom it was intended at the time. The "usual suspects" probably didn't need to see the film to be suitable shocked. The BBFC chopped it up at the time (apparently) because of its attempts to be outrageous (but frankly, it was student film society outrageous with little social message), so probably a lot of film finance was consumed for not much outcome.

The second feature is better but only just, with a number of cardboard cut-outs failing to interact credibly, but the odd moment of slight comedy. A delight for me was to see posters for Fat Mattress (cf Thin Pillow) in the background of the promoters office and a better slice of London scenery.
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