Bill Douglas Trilogy (BFI) in June
BFI have announced the UK DVD release of Bill Douglas Trilogy on 23rd June 2008 priced at £22.99. Bill Douglas's award-winning films about childhood – My Childhood, My Ain Folk and My Way Home – are released together in a two-disc DVD set with special features.
The narrative is largely autobiographical, following Jamie (played by Stephen Archibald) as he grows up in a poverty-stricken mining village in post-war Scotland. In these brutal surroundings, and subject to hardship and rejection, Jamie learns to fend for himself. We see him grow from child to adolescent – angry and bewildered, but playful, creative and affectionate.
In My Childhood (1972), eight-year old Jamie lives with his granny and elder brother in a Scots mining village in 1945. With his mother in a mental home, and his father absent, he is subject to the hardships of poverty. In My Ain Folk (1973), Jamie is sent to live with his paternal grandmother and uncle; a life full of silence and rejection. My Way Home (1978) sees Jamie’s ultimate victory over his circumstances; after a spell in foster care, and a homeless shelter, he is conscripted into the RAF, where he embarks on a redemptive friendship with Robert, which allows him to emerge from his ineffectual adolescence to pursue his artistic ambition.
The main features are presented in Full Frame with optional Hard of Hearing subtitles. Extras include:
- Bill Douglas: Intent on Getting the Image (2006, 63 mins), a new documentary about Bill Douglas’s life and work
- Come Dancing (1970, 15 mins), Douglas’s remarkable, rarely-seen student short
- Rare archive interview with Bill Douglas (4 mins)
- Illustrated booklet containing newly commissioned essays, notes and credits