Bill Douglas Trilogy [Blu-ray] 
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Bill Douglas's highly acclaimed, largely autobiographical trio of films that follow the fortunes of Jamie (Stephen Archibald) as he grows up in a poverty-stricken mining village in post-war Scotland. The films were made over a six-year period and track Jamie's growth from childhood to adolescence. Many critics regard the trilogy as one of British cinema's greatest achievements.
'I believe this trilogy will come to be regarded not just as a milestone, but as one of the heroic achievements of the British cinema' --Philip French --This text refers to the DVD edition.
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The transfers appear to be very good, and the booklet contains a number of essays about the films. Disc Two contains Douglas's London Film School graduation film, Come Dancing, in which his mature style was first evident, as well as a short interview about the Trilogy from 1980, and Andy Kimpton-Nye's 2006 documentary about Douglas's life and work.
I can't recommend these films higly enough. Bill Douglas is a forgotten genius of British cinema, and let's hope this excellent release does something to bring him back to some kind of visibility.
A must have for everyone, film buff or otherwise.
Jamie is being brought up by his grandmother along with his older half brother Tommy. It is utterly devastating what the children go through all to a seemingly indifferent world.
The second `My Ain Folk' was made the following year and picks up where the first ended with Jamie ending up in a council run care home. It shows him trying to adjust and yet at all time being alone, even when he is surrounded by others. This is probably one of the bleakest of the three films in that this depicts the very people who Jamie should rely on to support and care for him and all are found wanting.
The final part is `My Way Home and was made five years later in 1978, in fact Bill Douglas waited until Stephen Archibald was old enough to be able to play his army role. This is a sort of redemption and features his adolescence and all the anomie that would normally afflict any teenager at that time being expanded by the exterior influences he faces.
These are devastatingly dark films, all shot in brilliant black and white with dirt you can almost feel under your nails and the smells seem to cloy at you from the screen. For me there was a lot of resonance with my childhood, though nowhere near as bleak, so for me it was not an easy watch - especially the violence. It is a testament to the human spirit that he could have gone through so much and ended up such a talented and gifted individual.
The films themselves were shot of a period of years using the same actors, so the boy grows through the 3 films. They are quite short. The first two are under an hour each and the 3rd is 72mins.
Having said that the movies are depressing, to counter-balance that, the acting is first class, some of the cinematography is beautiful and there is a poetic quality to the whole trilogy that you would never see in a contemporary mainstream movie.
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Thoroughly recommend this, had me in tears though but beautifully shot, scripted and actedPublished 1 month ago by J Carter Woodrow
Some people have said that the first film in the trilogy is not a true depiction and that it is too bleak. Read morePublished 11 months ago by M. Mcgowan
The ink had hardly dried on the 'order form' when it arrived. excellent service, would recommend this seller any day. Read morePublished on 17 April 2013 by georgem
WONDERFUL BOXSET. HOWEVER, THIS COMMENT ONLY COMES FROM ONES WHO REALLY ARE INTERESTED IN OLD FILMS AND SEE THEM AS TREASURES OF GOLDEN ERA...RECOMMENDED...Published on 10 April 2013 by HAN XIAO
Unknown in France, the work of Bill Douglas is really exceptional. I tend to make a comparison with our french director Jean Vigo. Read morePublished on 3 Nov. 2010 by LM
Another of those experiences where you immediately sit up and notice you are watching something special. Read morePublished on 10 Oct. 2010 by Enthusiast