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The Joy of Sex Education (BFI) in February

BFI have announced the UK Region 2 DVD release of The Joy of Sex Education on 9th February 2009 priced at £19.99 RRP. From the earliest-known example, Whatsoever a Man Soweth (1917), to the comical, but ultimately serious, ’Ave You Got a Male Assistant Please Miss? (1973), this anthology of sixteen key titles preserved in the BFI National Archive takes in almost 60 years of the British sex education film.

Take a journey through the euphemisms, metaphors and diagrams of yore to discover the controversial attitude-changing works of the early 70s. All matters, unmentionable or otherwise, are dealt with here, from WW1 warnings to soldiers of the potential dangers of cavorting with loose women in London’s West End, to puberty pep-talks for girls and scare stories to deter unwanted teenage pregnancies.

Features include:

  • English HOH subtitles
  • New music scores for Whatsoever a Man Soweth, Any Evening After Work and How to Tell composed by Dave Formula from British post-punk band Magazine
  • Illustrated booklet including notes and credits on all of the films alongside new introductory essays by Tim Boon (Chief Curator at the Science Museum, London), Hera Cook (Lecturer in the History of Sexuality at the University of Birmingham) and Katy McGahan (Non-Fiction Curator at the BFI National Archive and programmer of this DVD)

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