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Vic Pratt

Vic has been at the BFI since 1998, and now researches and develops the BFI’s fiction collection. He co-programmes the BFI Southbank cinema strand The Flipside, and has curated seasons of British B pictures and ‘quota quickies’, as well as a British horror retrospective at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival in the Czech Republic.

He was co-curator of the BFI folk film DVD release Here’s a Health to the Barley Mow. He was the lead curator on an internationally acclaimed project to restore two early Peter Sellers films, and is currently the curatorial lead on the BFI’s forthcoming Gothic project. He has written for Sight & Sound and BFI Screenonline, and has contributed to BFI DVD releases and the BFI Compendium 39 Steps to the Genius of Hitchcock (2012). He was co-producer on every release in BFI DVD’s Adelphi collection and co-curated the launch of the BFI’s Children’s Film Foundation DVD series.

Articles by Vic Pratt

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  • The Small World of Sammy Lee: Anthony Newley and a long-gone Soho

    The vibrant, down and dirty Soho of the 1960s lives on in British classic The Small World of Sammy Lee, featuring Bowie-inspiring actor and singer Anthony Newley as a strip-club compère.

    Monday, October 10, 2016


  • The hidden history of UK punks in 11 films

    These rare films are a time capsule of the attitude, music and fashions that besieged Britain as punk took over.

    Tuesday, August 9, 2016


  • Robin Hardy, 1929-2016

    Vic Pratt remembers the director of The Wicker Man, an indefatigable creative communicator and joker.

    Tuesday, July 5, 2016


  • From the Magazine

    Long arm of the lore: Robin Hardy on The Wicker Man

    Mauled by the studio, obsessed over by fans, deconstructed by academics, remade with Nicolas Cage – yet the pagan British weirdness of The Wicker Man remains fresh. Unveiling The Final Cut in 2013, its director recalls the making of a myth to Vic Pratt.

    Monday, July 4, 2016


  • Blitz flicks: Will Hay’s war effort

    His best-known comedies may have been behind him, but the era of the Blitz found Will Hay moving to Ealing Studios for a series of hilarious wartime features blending puns, pranks and propaganda.

    Saturday, December 26, 2015


  • Brief Encounter – a return ticket to Temptation

    Don’t be put off by its reputation as a classic, David Lean’s 70-year-old Brief Encounter is proper grit-in-the-eye cinema even today… whether you’ve got servants at home or not.

    Wednesday, November 4, 2015


  • The time Alec Guinness met Fidel Castro

    Cuba, 1959. The Batista regime has just been overthrown by Castro and his revolutionaries. Enter Alec Guinness, Noel Coward and Carol Reed to make a film of Graham Greene’s comic spy story Our Man in Havana…

    Tuesday, October 6, 2015


  • Why I love … X the Unknown

    Curator Vic Pratt remembers the gothic chills and gloopy monster effects of Hammer sci-fi classic X the Unknown, in which an ancient horror emerges from the Scottish moorland with a hunger for radioactivity.

    Friday, November 28, 2014


  • Bela Lugosi: 10 essential films

    Curator Vic Pratt chooses his favourite Bela Lugosi films from the golden era of screen horror.

    Monday, November 4, 2013


  • Boris Karloff: 10 essential films

    Curator Vic Pratt picks out 10 highlights from the long and terrifying career of horror legend Boris Karloff.

    Monday, October 28, 2013


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