An Unflinching Eye: The Films of Richard Woolley DVD
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Directed by Richard Woolley
Produced in 1988
Main Language - English
Countries & Regions - British Film
Between 1970 and 1988 British filmmaker Richard Woolley created a body of exciting and challenging work, variously seen in cinemas, on television and in international film festivals, but almost impossible to see since. These seven films have now been collected together in this box set.
Tackling controversial themes, such as class, race, sexuality and the human instinct for violence, Richard Woolley directed a number of radical and uncompromising films, which explore the ways we relate to, and ultimately destroy, one another even as we strive to develop the means to better understand and communicate with those around us.
This collection offers the long-overdue opportunity to experience first hand the power of such extraordinary and unique films as 1976's Illusive Crime, which caused outrage upon its release; Telling Tales, the much acclaimed soap-meets-Straub debut feature from 1978, 1981’s controversial and critically-acclaimed Brothers and Sisters, set against a backdrop of Yorkshire Ripper-style murders; and Woolley’s final film, Girl from the South (1988) which views black Britons through the prism of an interracial relationship.
Contains: Kniephofstrasse (1973, 35 mins): A complex and compelling formalist film, which investigates the relationship between sound and image.
Drinnen und Draussen / Inside and Outside (1974, 40 mins): An experimental narrative film exploring conformity in East and West Germany.
Illusive Crime (1976, 50 mins): An uncompromising, originally structured drama in which a violent sexual act is committed.
Telling Tales (1978, 90 mins): A deft interweaving of stories, set against backdrop of failing marriage, provides platform for dissection of class and gender roles.
Brothers and Sisters (1981, 96 mins): Radical politics meet alternative thriller in the story of a prostitute’s murder in a Yorkshire city.
Waiting for Alan (1984, 45 mins): An unconventional, minutely-observed domestic drama centred on ritualised boredom of a middle-class housewife.
Girl from the South (1988, 84 mins): A young girl from rich family falls in love with unemployed black boy and tries to persuade him they are equals.
Length: 450 mins
Format: DVD Colour
Released: 28th March 2011
Cat No: BFIVD917
- 4 discs
- New video interviews with Richard Woolley.
“A UNIQUE OPPORTUNITY GET THIS WHILE YOU CAN”
by Madson on 23rd February 2011
The appearance of this boxset of Richard Woolleys films is a unique opportunity for collectors to add the work of one Britains most original but rarely seen filmmake... Read on
The appearance of this boxset of Richard Woolleys films is a unique opportunity for collectors to add the work of one Britains most original but rarely seen filmmakers in the seventies and eighties to their collections.
Film titles such as Telling Tales and Brothers & Sisters were important landmarks in the development of independent filmmaking in Britain and received considerable critical acclaim at the time. Writing about Woolleys work in 1981 the Times film critic, David Robinson, noted that, Woolley has the rare gift of making you want to know what happens next, and the Observers Philip French still going strong thirty years on said this of Brothers & Sisters: Merging Priestleys An Inspector Calls with Bertoluccis The Grim Reaper, it is a continuously interesting picture, formally adroit and persuasively acted. Time Out writing about his work in general commented: A serious and thorough artist, Woolley's films collectively encompass all those issues which are at the centre of critical debate. Deserved and well phrased praise in this reviewers opinion and though his later television films, Waiting for Alan and Girl from the South, did not receive the same exposure to critical comment, they too show a sharp, original and as the boxset title suggests unflinching eye at work.
Indeed, it is to the credit of the British Film Institute and the Yorkshire Film Archive that they have worked together to restore and reissue this valuable body of work. It will be greatly appreciated by film historians and film buffs alike as well as enjoyed by a wider public, whether already acquainted with Woolleys work or, through this boxset, able to discover it for the first time.