Herostratus

An audacious and prescient work that left a profound mark on the landscape of late-60s British cinema, unseen since 1967.

When a young poet (Michael Gothard – The Devils, The Valley) hires a marketing company to turn his suicide-by-jumping into a mass-media spectacle, he finds that his subversive intentions are quickly diluted into a reactionary gesture.

Unseen since 1967, this audacious and prescient work left a profound mark on the landscape of late-1960s British cinema, with echoes of its visual style evident in the work of such directors as Stanley Kubrick, Nicolas Roeg and Michael Winner.

Special features

  • Newly transferred to high definition from the original negative.
  • Presented in both high definition and standard definition.
  • Rare audio interview with Don Levy (1973, 38 min).
  • Ten Thousand Talents (1960, 25 min): Levy’s student film, set in Cambridge, featuring the voice of Peter Cook.
  • Time Is (1964, 29 min): Levy’s remarkable experimental documentary.
  • Five Films (1967, 9 min): Levy’s hypnotic experiments in film editing techniques.
  • Extensive illustrated booklet with newly commissioned contributors and original documentation.
 

Product information

    • Certificate

      15

    • Colour

      Colour

    • Sound

      Sound

    • Running time

      143mins

    • Subtitles

      English for the hard-of-hearing

    • Original aspect ratio

      1.33:1

    • DVD region

      • 2 Europe (except Russia, Ukraine, and Belarus), Middle East, Egypt, Japan, South Africa, Swaziland, Lesotho, Greenland, French Overseas departments and territories

    • Blu-ray region

      • B - Includes most European and Middle-Eastern countries, all of Africa, Australia and New Zealand

    • Catalogue number

      BFIB1104

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