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Separation, The Other Side of the Underneath and Anti-Clock (BFI) (R2/UK BD) in July

BFI have announced the UK DVD and Blu-ray Disc release of three ‘lost’ British films by Jane Arden and Jack Bond. Newly restored by the BFI, Separation (Jack Bond, 1968), The Other Side of the Underneath (Jane Arden, 1972) and Anti-Clock (Arden and Bond, 1979) will be available from 13th July 2009. Unseen since just after Arden's suicide in 1982, the films genuinely represent completely ‘lost’ works of recent British cinema history.

Separation - Scripted by and starring Jane Arden, Separation concerns the inner life of a woman during a period of breakdown – marital, and possibly mental.

Extras include:

  • New full-feature audio commentary with Jack Bond
  • Beyond Image (Mark Boyle & Joan Hills, 1969, 14 minutes) – a rare liquid light film co-created by leading British artist Mark Boyle, whose visual effects are used throughout Separation. With music by The Soft Machine
  • Trailer for Anti-Clock (Jane Arden/Jack Bond, 1979)
  • Illustrated booklet with essays by William Fowler, Claire Monk, Amy Simmons, Maria Walsh; biographies and credits

The Other Side of the Underneath - Arden’s violent and powerful adaptation of her work with The Holocaust women’s theatre troupe looks into the mind of a woman labelled schizophrenic – and finds not madness, but tortured sexual guilt created by the taboos of society.

Extras include:
  • ‘Workprint’ version of feature (Blu-ray only)
  • Extended sequences
  • Filmed interviews with Sheila Allen (2008) and Natasha Morgan (2007)
  • Trailer for Anti-Clock (Jane Arden/Jack Bond, 1979)
  • Illustrated booklet with essays by Susan Croft, Sophie Mayer, Amy Simmons, Penny Slinger; reviews, biographies and credits

Anti-Clock - A complex and fascinating experimental exploration of time and identity.

Extras include:
  • Jack Bond’s 2005 re-edit of feature
  • Vibration (1974, 36 minutes): Arden and Bond’s experimental Super-8 visual ‘tone poem’
  • Original trailer
  • Illustrated booklet with contributions by Jack Bond, Chris Darke, and Penny Slinger; reviews, biographies and credits

RRP is £19.99 each on DVD and £24.99 each on Blu-ray Disc. English HOH subtitles are included on all three films. The DVDs are Region 0 coded while the Blu-rays are Region All. Anti-Clock is a 2-Disc set.

On 14 July Separation will be screened at BFI Southbank, introduced by Jack Bond who will take part in a Q&A afterwards. The Other Side of the Underneath and Anti-Clock will be shown in the Studio at BFI Southbank on 5 & 18 July and 16 & 17 July respectively. An Arden/Bond season will take place at The Cube Microplex cinema, Bristol, when the three films will be screened in consecutive order from Mon 20 – Weds 22 July.

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