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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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  • 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


  • Why I love ... Night of the Demon

    Paving for the way for later occult classics like The Wicker Man, Night of the Demon is a masterpiece of fright about witchcraft in modern Britain. 

    Wednesday, August 21, 2013


  • Remembering Michael Winner

    The late Michael Winner was interviewed on stage at BFI Southbank three times in his final years. Curator Vic Pratt remembers a charming and flamboyant showman.

    Tuesday, January 22, 2013


  • Will Hay’s new direction: My Learned Friend

    Will Hay’s final film is a dark legal farce that paved the way for Ealing’s later black comedies The Ladykillers and Kind Hearts and Coronets.

    Monday, November 12, 2012


  • Stanley Long: King of Sexploitation (1933-2012)

    The late Stanley Long brought creativity and an unwavering sense of humour to British exploitation cinema. Curator Vic Pratt pays tribute.

    Wednesday, September 26, 2012


  • Clive Donner, 1926-2010

    Stylish director who shifted from Britain’s New Wave to the Swinging 60s.

    Monday, February 14, 2011


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