Permissive DVD+Blu-ray

Lindsay Shonteff, 1970


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Film Details

Directed by Lindsay Shonteff

Produced in 1970

Main Language - English

Countries & Regions - British Film

Film Description

When Suzy arrives in London to visit an old school friend, she is 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 faraway. 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 countercultural artefact that is shot through with a grim authenticity.

Also includes Stanley Long's ultra-rare 1971 film Bread, in which a group of friends, hitch-hiking back from the Isle of Wight Festival, decide to stage their own music event. But how will they afford it? Exploring the same cultural milieu as Permissive (and featuring its own bona fide cult British rock band, Juicy Lucy), Bread takes a somewhat more light-hearted approach to its subject.

DVD+Blu-ray Details

Certificate: 18

Publisher: BFI

Length: 86 mins

Format: DVD+Blu-ray Colour

Region: 2

Released: 24th October 2011

Cat No: BFIB1109

DVD+Blu-ray Extras

  • 2 discs
  • Bonus film: Bread (Stanley Long, 1971, 66 minutes)
  • Bread – deleted scenes (13 minutes)
  • ‘Ave You Got a Male Assistant Please Miss? (1973) a humorous 'Family Planning' film
  • All films remastered to High Definition
  • Original Permissive trailer
  • Extensive illustrated booklet with contributions by IQ Hunter and Lee Dorrian, and Comus band-members’ recollections of working with Lindsay Shonteff
  • Dolby Digital mono audio (320 kbps).

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