Nightbirds

A curious relationship develops between a mysterious young man, and the woman who invites him to stay with her.

While living rough on the streets of London’s East End, a young man, Dink (Milligan regular Berwick Kaler – Coronation Street, Red Riding), encounters the beautiful and mysterious Dee (Julie Shaw – The Big Switch). Concerned for Dinks welfare, she invites him to stay with her and get off the streets. The two soon develop a curious relationship which oscillates, often without warning, between sexual intimacy and raging jealousy. As tenderness gives way to cruelty, they become consumed by darkness and their relationship spirals out of control.

Previously thought lost, this extraordinary film has been remastered to HD from the only surviving film materials, and is presented here with Milligan’s British horror feature, The Body Beneath.

Special features

  • Presented in both High Definition and Standard Definition.
  • Audio commentary with Berwick Kaler (2001): the stalwart of British stage and screen in conversation with film expert Stephen Thrower
  • The Body Beneath (Andy Milligan, 1970, 77 minutes): Milligan’s second British-shot feature is a ghoulish horror in which a young woman comes to visit her distant relative the Reverend Algernon Ford, only to discover that she is descended from a long line of vampires.
  • Optional dialogue-only tracks for Nightbirds and The Body Beneath
  • Original trailers for Nightbirds and The Body Beneath
  • Extensive booklet with contributions from filmmaker Nicolas Winding Refn, Milligan biographer Jimmy McDonough, and film experts Stephen Thrower and Tim Lucas.

Product information

    • Certificate

      15

    • Colour

      Black/white

    • Sound

      Sound

    • Running time

      72mins

    • Languages

      English language

    • Subtitles

      English (optional, for hearing-impaired)

    • 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

      BFIB1133

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