After the Land of Promise and Shadows of Progress box sets, the BFI continues its re-evaluation of the British documentary tradition with Visions of Change – an extensive collection of television films made during the 1950s and 1960s. Produced by the BBC, these rarely seen documentaries reveal how the medium of television allowed filmmakers to approach their subjects in new and exciting ways, creating work which was deeply personal, socially engaged and formally innovative. Covering a range of topics, and including films by such influential directors as Denis Mitchell, Philip Donnellan, Ken Russell, Dennis Potter and John Schlesinger, Visions of Change provides a fascinating insight into the socio-cultural landscape of two of the most formative decades in the history of post-war Britain. It includes an illustrated booklet featuring new essays, film notes, biographies and full credits. THE FILMS Disc One: Henry Moore (John Read, 1951) Eye to Eye: Night in the City (Denis Mitchell, 1957) Tonight: Song of the Valley (John Schlesinger, 1957) Joe the Chainsmith (Philip Donnellan, 1958) Eye on Research: Test Flight (Philip Daly, Tom Millett, 1959) Morning in the Streets (Denis Mitchell, Roy Harris, 1959) Between Two Rivers (Dennis Potter, 1960) Disc Two: Monitor: Pop Goes the Easel (Ken Russell, 1962) The Colony (Philip Donnellan, 1964) Dispute: Round 1 (Jack Gold, Ken Ashton, Paul Watson, 1967) Dispute: Round 2 (Jack Gold, Ken Ashton, Paul Watson, 1967) UK | 1951-1967 | black and white | English language, with hard-of-hearing subtitles | DVD9 x 2 | 382 minutes | original aspect ratio 1.33:1 | Dolby Digital audio (192kbps) | Cert E (exempt from classification) | Region 2 DVD Please note this is a region 2 DVD and will require a region 2 (Europe) or region Free DVD Player in order to play.
Collection of BBC documentaries broadcast between 1951 and 1967. Featuring films directed by Ken Russell, Denis Mitchell, John Read and Jack Gold, the selection highlights the different ways film-makers used television to showcase their work post-Second World War. The collection includes: ‘Henry Moore’ (1951), ‘Eye to Eye: Night in the City’ (1957), ‘Tonight: Song of the Valley’ (1957), ‘Joe the Chainsmith’ (1958), ‘Eye On Research: Test Flight’ (1959), ‘Morning in the Streets’ (1959), ‘Between Two Rivers’ (1960), ‘Monitor: Pop Goes the Easel’ (1962), ‘The Colony’ (1964), ‘Dispute: Round 1’ (1967) and ‘Dispute: Round 2’ (1967).
This three-disc collection brings together a carefully curated selection of rarely-seen BBC TV productions by the leading documentary filmmakers of their day to create an essential survey of early British TV documentaries. Collecting together nearly 10 hours’ worth of material, this long-overdue collection brings together works by such influential directors as Philip Donnellan, Ken Russell and Dennis Potter, and provides a fascinating insight into the cultural and social historical landscape of two of the most formative decades in post-war Britain.