Nick Broomfield: The Early Years in May
Metrodome have announced the UK DVD release of Nick Broomfield: The Early Years for 8th May 2006 priced at £34.99. For nearly 30 years, Nick Broomfield has been forging a path through the world's documentary film community with his distinctive and inimitable style.
Following the enormous success of their Documenting Icons Box Set in March 2005, Metrodome are proud to present an 8 film retrospective box set of Broomfield’s early period.
Capturing the nascent style and working methods of the filmmaker, developed between 1970 and 1991, 'The Early Works' brings together Broomfield’s work from the National Film & Television School, pioneering and controversial social documentary & the birth of his signature style - highlights of an astonishing and varied career.
From the slums of Liverpool to the detention centers of California; from the disturbingly right wing Home Counties to the luckless bright lights of a Broadway show; and from the appalling conditions of Britain’s youth institutions into the unique mind of Spalding Gray, Broomfield's camera and distinctive boom-mic-wielding presence are unyielding in their pursuit of the very human stories permeating his wildly diverse subjects.
”Who Cares” (1970) – Broomfield’s very first film, shot in black and white on a small wind up Bolex camera, provides a unique snapshot of life in the slums of Liverpool in 1970. 18 mins
”Proud to be British” (1973) – Made during his years at the National Film & Television School in Beaconsfield, Bucks, the film is Broomfield’s wry but ultimately troubling examination of the very British attitudes of the affluent and influential area of England. 30 mins
”Behind the Rent Strike” (1974) – A graduation project, inspired by the stories and characters Broomfield encountered during the making of “Who Cares”, this angry and enlightening film, tells of the dignified, human struggle behind a national scandal. 50 mins
”Juvenile Liason” (1975) & ”Juvenile Liason II” (1990) – Referred to as ‘The Film The Police Arrested’, Broomfield’s scathing account of the Lancashire Police Force Liaison Division’s handling of young, sometimes pre-teen, petty offenders is both devastating and deeply moving. Its sequel, reacquaints us with the lives of the children and officers involved, examining the scars left by the stark events of “Juvenile Liaison”. Both films are a sobering reminder that the need for change and social reform is never cut and dried, straightforward or simple. 97 mins/87 mins
”Tattoed Tears” (1978) – An intimate, hands on encounter with a maximum security juvenile correctional facility in Chino California, Broomfield’s film becomes a 13 week odyssey into Hell, charting with great compassion many young men’s struggle for survival in a brutal and uncaring environment. 85 mins
”History Reel” - Broomfield's personal overview of his diverse and divisive career, featuring clips and commentary from 3 decades of acclaimed documentary filmmaking. 70 mins
”Driving Me Crazy” (1988) – Both uproariously funny and unerringly cautionary, Broomfield’s behind-the-scenes document of the making of a musical becomes a ceremonious unmaking-of as egos, budgets and general calamity conspire to ruin the best efforts of all involved in the New York rehearsals for an extravagant, glitzy production. 85 mins
”Monster in a Box” (1991) – Not unlike Jonathan Demme’s “Swimming To Cambodia”, Broomfield unique film presents his interpretation of the inimitable Spalding Gray’s impressionistic, riotous and insightful one man show detailing an artist’s devastating struggle with writer’s block and the surreal, hilariously monstrous turn of events it precipitates. 88 mins
Every film includes a newly recorded video introduction by Nick Broomfield.