Separation

Jane Arden and Jack Bond’s brilliant exploration of the inner life of a woman during a period of breakdown.

Separation, scripted and starring Jane Arden, concerns the inner life of a woman during a period of breakdown – marital, and possibly mental. Her past and (possible?) future are revealed through a fragmented but brilliantly achieved and often humorous narrative, in which dreams and desires are as real as the ‘swinging’ London (complete with Procol Harum music and Mark Boyle light show) of the film’s setting.

“Astonishingly distressing and perceptive.”
— The Observer

Special features

  • New full-feature audio commentary by Jack Bond and Sam Dunn.
  • Beyond Image (Mark Boyle and Joan Hills, 1969, 14 min): a rare liquid light film co-created by leading British artist Mark Boyle, whose visual effects are used throughout Separation. With music by The Soft Machine.
  • Trailer for Anti-Clock (Jane Arden/Jack Bond, 1979, 3 min).
  • Fully illustrated booklet with essays by William Fowler, Claire Monk, Maria Walsh; biographies and credits.

Product information

    • Certificate

      18

    • Colour

      Black/white

    • Sound

      Sound

    • Running time

      93mins

    • Languages

      English

    • Subtitles

      English language, with optional hard-of-hearing subtitles

    • Original aspect ratio

      1.33:1

    • DVD region

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

    • Catalogue number

      BFIVD828

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