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A film by Christopher Petit
Available on DVD for the first time in the UK, Chris Petit's Radio On is one of the most striking feature debuts in British cinema - a haunting blend of edgy mystery story and existential road movie, crammed with eerie evocations of English landscape and weather.
Following a young London DJ (David Beames) on the road to Bristol to investigate the mysterious death of his brother, Radio On offers a unique, compelling and even mythic vision of a late 1970s England, stalled between failed hopes of cultural and social change and the imminent upheavals of Thatcherism.
Stunningly photographed in luminous monochrome by Martin Schäfer, and driven by a startling new wave soundtrack - and early screen performance by Sting - Radio On is ripe for rediscovery.
Featuring music from, David Bowie, Kraftwerk, Ian Dury, Robert Fripp, Wreckless Eric and Devo.
UK, Germany | 1979 | black and white | 100 minutes | English language | Original aspect ratio 1.85:1 (16x9) anamorphic | Region 2 DVD
A very dark werid film that can be hard to follow. The film for me was more for the music and the era. Great soundtrack and not to bad of a film. 3 STARSPublished 1 month ago by Tobias Daniels
An interesting period piece. Very dark and brooding with a very simple story. Fascinating to look at an England from not so long ago in years, but a much different world from... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Gary Byrne
Was sad to say that this film was even more boring & depressing than I expected.
Even though I love some things about the 70s & 80s, this was just boring & bleak, I kept on... Read more
This is a 1979 film in black and white. I'm not sure if there's a plot. In fact there isn't really a plot. But what you will see are scenes beautifully shot. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Mr. P. Fixter
Art house cinema never got so boring.
Yes, very well filmed. Trying to be an Anton Corbijn video...but speed it up a bit. Read more
Opening scene: like a badly lit YouTube vid with camera tracking around a dingy flat in the dark.
A lot of dinge. Read more