William Raban: British Artists’ Films

Selected works by the artist, whose work ranges from multi-screen gallery pieces to perfectly-crafted short films.

Our British Artists’ Films series, produced in partnership with arts documentary producers Illuminations and Arts Council England, features a wide selection of important film and video work by British artists from the last thirty years.

Raban is a leading figure in his field, whose work ranges from multi-screen gallery pieces to perfectly-crafted short films. His particular interests – the City of London and the British landscape – are in the tradition of the romantic landscape painters.

The DVD features five films written, produced, photographed, edited and directed by Raban: Thames Barrier, Fergus Walking, A13, MM and the acclaimed Thames Film, filmed from a boat drifting downstream and narrated by actor John Hurt. The films show Raban’s continuing explorations of the formal properties of film itself and his immediate surroundings: East London and the River Thames.

Special features

  • theFrame - William Raban (2003, 29 mins) William Raban talks about the inspiration behind his work and some of the techniques involved, illustrated by clips from 12 films.
  • Sleeve notes - on Thames Film - by Peter Ackroyd, novelist, critic and author of London: The Biography.

Product information

    • Certificate

      Exempt

    • Colour

      Colour

    • Sound

      Sound

    • Running time

      131mins

    • Languages

      English

    • 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

    • Catalogue number

      BFIVD646

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