Woodfall: A Revolution in British Cinema, a major new BFI box set containing the best of the British new wave, leads our upcoming April-June releases.
Founded in 1958, Woodfall Films blazed a trail through British cinema with groundbreaking films from the likes of Tony Richardson, Karel Reisz and Richard Lester, and launched the careers of iconic homegrown actors such as Albert Finney, Tom Courtenay and Rita Tushingham.
The BFI celebrate the 60th anniversary with a month-long season at BFI Southbank in April, followed in May by an extensive eight-disc box set featuring the following films, many newly restored and on Blu-ray for the very first time:
- Look Back in Anger (Tony Richardson, 1959)
- The Entertainer (Tony Richardson, 1960)
- Saturday Night and Sunday Morning (Karel Reisz, 1960)
- A Taste of Honey (Tony Richardson, 1961)
- The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner (Tony Richardson, 1962)
- Tom Jones (Tony Richardson, 1963) – new 4K digital restorations of the original theatrical version of the film and the 1989 director’s cut
- Girl with Green Eyes (Desmond Davis, 1964)
- The Knack… and How to Get It (Richard Lester, 1965)
Following a theatrical/BFI Player release in February, Ingmar Bergman’s rarely seen 1971 masterpiece The Touch – starring Elliott Gould, Bibi Andersson and Max von Sydow – gets a worldwide Blu-ray premiere this April. Bergman’s 1975 opera The Magic Flute will also be released on the same day (this was previously scheduled for a February 2018 release).
April will also see the home entertainment debut of the J.B. Priestley-scripted, Ealing Studio-produced They Came to a City, in a new 2K transfer taken from the from the best surviving 35mm element.
Scheduled for June is a Blu-ray premiere of William Wyler’s 1961 hit The Children’s Hour. This controversial drama stars Hollywood legends Audrey Hepburn and Shirley MacLaine. Also released in June is Derek Jarman’s Jubilee, which comes out as a stand alone edition to mark the film’s 40th anniversary.