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Network Distributing Launch The British Film Collection

Having had industry award-winning success with its handling of classic British television, independent film and home entertainment company Network Distributing will launch THE BRITISH FILM collection, an ambitious initiative to establish a strong umbrella brand for the films within its library and mark the company as the primary destination for vintage British films in the UK with film-loving members of the public. The films will be championed by ‘The British Film Ambassadors’ – critics acknowledged as experts in their field – as well each title receiving dedicated traditional and digital media campaign support for their individual releases.

All titles within the broad range will carry THE BRITISH FILM logo irrespective of its genre. This new film brand will not just aim to educate, enthuse and inform film lovers about the incredibly diverse output from all the British film studios at a later stage. Starting with the titles under license from StudioCanal each film will benefit from the following:

• New transfers
• Presentation in the correct cinema aspect ratio
• Attractive price points
• Slim-line space-saving packaging, encouraging film lovers to collect the whole range of films
• “Instant Play” facility on all features so that cinema lovers can immediately view the content
• Many titles will be available to view on iTunes and at the company’s in house Networkonair platform

To mark the launch, Network will be working with specially assigned The British Film Ambassadors – experts in their field on British cinema – film academic Charles Barr (author of Ealing Studios and contributor to Ealing Studios Revisited); horror expert Kim Newman (Nightmare Movies and The BFI Companion to Horror) and authority on sex in British cinema, David McGillivray (Doing Rude Things: The History of the British Sex Film 1957-1981). They will be undertaking interviews and creating dedicated editorial around the wide array of titles and their place in UK movie history.

As well as working with The British Film Ambassadors Network will also be building a community by launching a dedicated social media destination for fans of the sub-label at facebook.com/TheBritishFilm. Along with a specific twitter presence at #TheBritishFilm it is hoped that these channels will engage, inform and create debate with members of the public interested in THE BRITISH FILM. Some of the titles will also be available through its in house On Demand service which is currently being developed.

Titles being launched as part of the first phase between April and June 2013 are as follows:

8 April
The Ealing Studios Rarities Collection Volume 1 (containing Escape!, West of Zanzibar, Penny Paradise and Cheer Up!)
The House in Nightmare Park Comedy horror with Frankie Howerd in the main role

22 April
Edgar Wallace’s Flying 55 A tale of double-crossing and blackmail amid the glamour of the horse-racing world
Spanish Fly Raunchy British comedy starring Terry-Thomas and Leslie Philips
Man at the Top Hard-hitting gritty and sexually charged 70s film starring Kenneth Haigh and Nanette Newman
On the Fiddle War comedy starring Sean Connery and Alfred Lynch

13 May
The Ealing Studios Rarities Collection Volume 2 (containing Midshipman Easy, Brief Ecstasy, The Big Blockade, The Four Just Men)
Edgar Wallace’s Four Just Men A Michael Balcon produced tale of a clandestine band of vigilantes who have united to uphold democracy, fight tyranny and protect British interests worldwide
Konga King Kong-inspired ‘B’ movie starring Michael Gough

20 May
Handgun Karen Roberts is the victim of sexual violence and seeks revenge in this tense Texan thriller written and directed by British veteran Tony Garnett
Some People Teenage rebellion film starring Kenneth More and Anneke Wills

27 May
The Lovers Richard Beckinsale and Paula Wilcox star in the big screen version of the Jack Rosenthal comedy
Keep it Up Downstairs Sex comedy starring Diana Dors, Mary Millington and Willie Rushton

10 June
Edgar Wallace’s The Terror Wilfrid Lawson and Bernard Lee in a tale of underworld intrigue with a ghostly twist
Devil Girl From Mars Patricia Laffan stars as a vinyl-clad, ray gun-toting Martian on the hunt for Earthmen to repopulate her home planet
The Ealing Studios Rarities Collection Volume 3 (containing Cage of Gold, Death Drives Through, The Impassive Footman, Frieda)

17 June
Perfect Friday (Blu-ray and DVD) Sir Peter Hall directs this bank crime caper starring British screen icon Stanley Baker

24 June
The Man Who Haunted Himself (Blu-ray and DVD) Roger Moore stars in a Basil Dearden thriller where he plays a businessman who finds himself in strange circumstances after a car accident
Horrors from the Black Museum British exploitation at its very best starring Michael Gough in this 1959 chilling horror
The Elstree Story Richard “Dambusters” Todd narrates this 1952 documentary on the legendary British film studio

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