Although probably best remembered for the controversial and groundbreaking dramas Scum, Made in Britain and The Firm, the breadth of Alan Clarke’s radical, political, innovative, inspirational work, along with his influence on generations of filmmakers, such as Gus Van Sant, Paul Greengrass, Andrea Arnold, Harmony Korine, Clio Barnard, Shane Meadows, should see him rightly regarded as one of Britain’s greatest ever filmmaking talents.
This long-overdue box set brings together all of the surviving stand-alone BBC TV dramas that Alan Clarke directed between 1978-1989, including such neglected classics as Baal (starring David Bowie), Contact, Road and Christine, and also includes the first ever presentation of Clarke’s original Director’s Cut of The Firm, assembled from his personal answer print, discovered in 2015.
Extensive extras include David Leland introductions, extracts from BBC discussion show Open Air, newly-produced documentaries and audio commentaries and material from Clarke’s previously-unseen documentary Bukovsky (1977).
• Nina (1978) • Danton's Death (1978) • Beloved Enemy (1981) • Psy-Warriors (1981) • Baal (1982) • Stars of the Roller State Disco (1984) • Contact (1985) • Christine (1987) • Road (1987) • The Firm: Director's Cut (1989, previously unreleased) • The Firm: Broadcast Version (1989) • Elephant (1989)
• Alan Clarke: Out of His Own Light (Andy Kelleher, 2016, parts 7-12): new multi-part documentary featuring many of Clarke's collaborators<br> • Bukovsky (Alan Clarke, 1977, 50 mins)<br> • Bukovsky Outtakes (1977, 50 mins): footage shot during the making of Clarke's previously-unseen documentary<br> • Bukovsky - audio commentary with Jehane Markham, Grenville Middleton and Sam Dunn<br> • David Markham interviewed by Alan Clarke (audio-only, 20 mins)<br> • Alan Clarke's letters to the Markhams (stills gallery, with readings by Jehane Markham)<br> • David Leland introduces Contact (1991)<br> • Contact - audio commentary with Sean Chapman and Allan Bairstow (2016)<br> • AFN Clarke on Contact (2016): writer of Contact discusses the making of the powerful television drama adaptation<br> • Christine - audio commentary with Corin Campbell Hill and Sam Dunn<br> • David Leland introduces Road (1991)<br> …and much more