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BFI to Screen Every Film of Radical Auteur Alan Clarke

BFI to Screen Every Film of Radical Auteur Alan Clarke

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The British Film Institute has announced that it will honor the esteemed British director Alan Clarke with a spring season dedicated to screening every film from his career. The season will include screenings at the BFI Southbank, as well as movies released on Blu-ray and VOD across the UK. It marks the first time the late director will be commemorated for his life’s work since his passing over 25 years ago.
The notion that Clarke was a radical auteur still rings true for his fans and the BFI is eager for London audiences to rediscover his groundbreaking dramas. The celebration of Clarke’s work is all the more timely as one of his greatest cult-classic directorial works was “Baal,” starring David Bowie.

Clarke is also responsible for discovering new talent that went on to make an impact in the film industry. Clarke first featured Ray Winstone and Phil Daniels in “Scum,” Tim Roth  in “Made in Britain,” Jane Horrocks in “The Road,” Lesley Sharp  in “The Road” and “Rita, Sue and Bob Too,” Lesley Manville  in “The Firm” and David Threlfall in “Scum.” Additionally, he influenced a new generation of directors like Gus Van Sant, Paul Greengress, Harmony Korine, Clio Barnard and Shane Meadows.

“As a director you have to try to be like Alan Clarke – anonymous, subversive, compassionate, and moral,” said Paul Greengrass in an official statement.

The BFI will offer the full collection of Clarke’s controversial dramas. After a screening of the recently re-released director’s cut version of “The Firm,” The Guardian’s Danny Leigh will moderate an on-stage discussion about Clarke’s legacy alongside producer David M Thompson, writer David Leland, and the director’s daughter, Molly Clarke.

“Dissent and Disruption” will come to BFI Blu-ray and DVD release in May and June, with box sets that feature exclusive special features.

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