The Molly Dineen Collection: Vol.1 - Home from the Hill DVD

Molly Dineen, 1987-95


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Film Details

Directed by Molly Dineen

Produced in 1987-95

Main Language - English

Countries & Regions - British Film

Film Description

Molly Dineen is one of Britain's most acclaimed documentary filmmakers, recipient of Grierson, BAFTA, and Royal Television Society Awards for her unique contribution to documentary filmmaking. This is the first of three double-disc volumes from the BFI which will bring together Dineen's full body of work.

Continuing the BFI's work to celebrate the great documentary tradition in this country, this collection brings together Molly Dineen's portraits of British people and institutions struggling to cope with the effects of change. These films, which address many of the defining issues of the post-war era, from the end of colonialism in the much-loved Home from the Hill (1987), to our relationship with the countryside in The Lie of the Land (2007), provide us with a profound insight into the evolution of Britain over the past 25 years.

Contains: Home from the Hill (1987), Dineen's award-winning debut film, in which we follow the charismatic Colonel Hilary Hook, an elderly retired soldier, as he leaves his Kenyan home and returns to a forbidding Eighties England which is completely foreign to him. The film - picked up by Eddie Mirzoeff, editor of the renowned BBC2 series 40 Minutes - was shown several times; Colonel Hook became a star overnight, and Dineen was heralded as one of Britain's brightest documentary filmmaking talents, her observational style and natural but direct approach becoming her trademark.

In My African Farm (1988) Dineen returns to Kenya and to the home of Sylvia Richardson to build a complex and uncompromising portrait of an unswerving stalwart of British colonialism.

Heart of the Angel (1989), a wry, humorous and sometimes touching look at the trials faced by the staff and passengers of London's dishearteningly dilapidated Angel tube station, before its modernisation.

In the Company of Men (1995) is a three-part series with the Prince of Wales's Company of Welsh Guards led by the engaging Major Crispin Black, now a well-known TV commentator on terrorism and military intelligence. More recently known for their work in Afghanistan, this series follows the men on a final tour of duty in pre-ceasefire Northern Ireland and is a revealing look at army life and the terrors, tension and often boredom of modern soldiering.

DVD Details

Certificate: 15

Publisher: BFI

Length: 190 mins

Format: DVD Colour

Region: 0

Released: 25th April 2011

Cat No: BFIVD912

DVD Extras

  • 2 discs
  • Home from the Hill Director's Cut (1985, 60 mins): Original version, made at the National Film & Television School
  • Interview with Molly Dineen on the making of Home from the Hill and My African Farm (2010)
  • Unseen footage from Heart of the Angel (2010): featuring an introduction and commentary by Molly Dineen
  • Interview with Molly Dineen and Major Crispin Black on the making of In the Company of Men (2010)
  • Fully illustrated booklet featuring new essays and notes.

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