Private Road

Compelling follow-up to the acclaimed Bronco Bullfrog follows the struggle for social and personal freedom from London to the suburbs of Surrey and the wilds of Scotland.

BFI Flipside presents Private Road, a film by Barney Platts-Mills. This stylish and compelling follow-up to the critically acclaimed Bronco Bullfrog relocates the youthful struggle for social and personal freedom to 1970s Boho London, the suburbs of Surrey and the the wilds of Scotland. A gorgeous, pouting Bruce Robinson (who would go on the write and direct Withnail and I) plays Peter, pausing from finishing his first novel to shack up with sugar-sweet receptionist Ann (Susan Penhaligon). Sex, drugs, and some rigorous rural living ensue, to the dismay of Ann’s well-to-do parents. Will Peter choose domestic conformity or pursuit of the artistic ideal. Thought-provoking, witty and compelling, Private Road is well worth rediscovering.

Special features

  • St Christopher (1967, 48 min): Barney Platts-Mills’ affecting observational documentary about the education of mentally handicapped youngsters.
  • The Last Chapter (David Tringham, 1974, 29 min): dark tale in which a successful middle-aged writer (Denholm Elliot) is unbalanced by an assured young fan (Susan Penhaligon).
  • Fully illustrated booklet with newly commissioned essays.

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      English for the hard-of-hearing

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      • 2 Europe (except Russia, Ukraine, and Belarus), Middle East, Egypt, Japan, South Africa, Swaziland, Lesotho, Greenland, French Overseas departments and territories

    • Blu-ray region

      • B - Includes most European and Middle-Eastern countries, all of Africa, Australia and New Zealand

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