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On the Black Hill (Dual Format Edition)


Based on Bruce Chatwin’s award-winning novel, On the Black Hill is an evocative depiction of the life of a rural farming family, set in the beautiful Welsh border country

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Film charting the travails of the Jones family Amos (Bob Peck, Jurassic Park), Mary (Gemma Jones, Bridget Jones Diary), and their three children the heart of the story is the intense relationship between their sons, identical twins Benjamin and Lewis (played by real-life brothers Mike and Robert Gwilym).

Sharing a unique bond, the brothers journey through eight decades of life, death and hardship together, all the while tied to the land on which they were raised. The epic sweep of the film takes in two world wars, exploring themes of nationalism, class, community, faith and pacifism. Though unrelenting in its portrayal of the raw experiences of rural life, On the Black Hill celebrates the people of the Black Mountains and its landscape, made transcendent by the magnificent cinematography of Thaddeus O'Sullivan.

Set in the stunningly dramatic Welsh Borders, Andrew Grieve's (Hornblower, Letter from the East) evocative adaption of Bruce Chatwin's novel is presented with a fascinating selection of new and archival extras.

  • Newly remastered and presented in both High Definition and Standard Definition
  • An Introduction by Andrew Grieve (2016, 20 mins): newly-filmed interview with the director
  • Special Collections Gallery : a selection of stills and promotional media
  • Shadow on the Mountains (Arthur Elton, 1931, 20 mins)
  • O'er Hill and Dale (Basil Wright, 1932, 16 mins)
  • Complete screenplay (Downloadable PDF DVD only)
  • Illustrated booklet with writing by Andrew Grieve, Brian Hoyle, Kevin Jackson, Jonathan Chatwin, Philip Kemp and Kathleen Luckey, and full film credits
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SKU 5035673012628
Catalogue Number BFIV2087
Product contents DVD and Blu-ray editions
Year 1988
Director Andrew Grieve
Format DVD, Blu-Ray
Publisher(s) BFI
Countries United Kingdom
Aspect ratio Original aspect ratio 1.85:1
Sound PCM 2.0 mono, PCM mono
Subtitles English Hard of Hearing
Language(s) English
Running time 117 min
DVD region 2
Blu-ray region B
Certificate 15
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