Made in Britain film season
To celebrate British film, STUDIOCANAL and the ICO have announced a summer season of theatrical screenings sandwiched between the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and the Olympics that will give audiences across the country the opportunity to enjoy five restored classic British films on the big screen. A national screening event every Tuesday from June 5th to July 3rd inclusive will see each film screen digitally in cinemas across the country.
The five films have been chosen to illustrate the breadth of the work that has been produced by British filmmakers over the last century, and range from post-war comedy to ground-breaking sci-fi. A true British musical icon, a bevvy of troublesome daughters, aliens on the Underground, zombies in Cornwall and some particularly obstinate inhabitants of a small London borough feature in films from the mighty studios of Hammer and Ealing and legendary directors David Lean and Nic Roeg.
The five films are:
PASSPORT TO PIMLICO – Tuesday 5th June
Ealing’s most quintessentially British comedy, about a group of Londoners who protest their right to be “Burgundian” following discovery of an ancient charter in a WWII bomb crater.
THE PLAGUE OF THE ZOMBIES – Tuesday 12th June
One of Hammer’s most underrated films, a fantastically off-the-wall zombie thriller set in Cornwall, starring Jacqueline Pearce and André Morell.
THE MAN WHO FELL TO EARTH – Tuesday 19th June
Nic Roeg’s sci-fi classic starring David Bowie, Rip Torn and Candy Clark in an adaptation of Walter Tevis’ novel about an alien who comes to Earth seeking a solution to his home planet’s woes, only to find himself lost in an unfamiliar, corrupt and sometimes hostile society.
HOBSON'S CHOICE – Tuesday 26th June
David Lean directs Charles Laughton and John Mills in this tale of a hapless 19th century boot-maker, rather too fond of his local pub and trying to cope with a trio of willful daughters.
QUATERMASS & THE PIT – Tuesday 3rd July
Part of the seminal Quatermass series, created for the BBC by writer Nigel Kneale and then turned into a film trilogy by Hammer, Quatermass provided the blueprint for many classic Sci-fi creations to follow – including Dr Who and Ridley Scott’s Prometheus.
These films have also been chosen because they have received extensive digital restoration but not been seen widely on the big screen for some time, thus giving cinema-goers the opportunity to experience them in a cinematic environment and as fresh as when they were first released.
PASSPORT TO PIMLICO and THE PLAGUE OF THE ZOMBIES will also receive brand new DVD/Blu-ray releases the week after their theatrical outing.
The MADE IN BRITAIN theatrical season will be complimented by a special exhibition of stills and artwork from classic British cinema at the London Film Museum, and followed by an extensive retail campaign that includes many more great British films – both old and new – including Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Submarine, Tyrannosaur, School for Scoundrels, Kind Hearts & Coronets, Whisky Galore!, The Dambusters, Billy Liar and The Railway Children.
Screening locations are outlined on the Ico website.
Details on the Blu-ray releases of Passport to Pimlico and The Plague of the Zombies.
We have DVD/Blu-ray reviews for The Man Who Fell to Earth and Quatermass and the Pit, and will be reviewing Hobson's Choice and the two forthcoming Blu-ray releases of Passport to Pimlico and The Plague of the Zombies closer to their release dates.
And finally, if all goes well, we'll be bringing you weekly features on each film, linking to our reviews along with stills, interviews, clips and other material.