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The Orchard End Murder (Flipside 35) (Dual Format Edition) The Orchard End Murder (Flipside 35) (Dual Format Edition)

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A UK rarity from the days of the horror double bill

A UK rarity from the days of the horror double bill

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Set in an idyllic Kent village one balmy summer during the 1960s, The Orchard End Murder, an obscure British oddity from 1981, is a macabre tale of murder and mischief. 

 A young woman from the suburbs (Tracy Hyde, Melody), bored by a countryside tryst, wanders off to explore her surroundings. When she meets a gnome-like stationmaster and his towering, half-witted railway-worker friend (played by Casualty’s Clive Mantle), an initially strange encounter turns sinister among the trees of a nearby orchard.

Written and directed by Christian Marnham and shot by Pete Walker’s regular cameraman Peter Jessop, The Orchard End Murder is a violent, darkly humorous thriller, unseen since it originally shocked UK cinemas audiences as the supporting feature to Gary Sherman’s Dead and Buried.

BFI Flipside is dedicated to rediscovering the margins of British film, reclaiming a space for forgotten movies and filmmakers who would otherwise be in danger of disappearing from our screens forever. It is a home for UK cinematic oddities, offering everything from exploitation documentaries to B-movies, countercultural curios and obscure classics, If it's weird, British and forgotten, then it's Flipside.

Browse more BFI Flipside titles.

Set in an idyllic Kent village one balmy summer during the 1960s, The Orchard End Murder, an obscure British oddity from 1981, is a macabre tale of murder and mischief. 

 A young woman from the suburbs (Tracy Hyde, Melody), bored by a countryside tryst, wanders off to explore her surroundings. When she meets a gnome-like stationmaster and his towering, half-witted railway-worker friend (played by Casualty’s Clive Mantle), an initially strange encounter turns sinister among the trees of a nearby orchard.

Written and directed by Christian Marnham and shot by Pete Walker’s regular cameraman Peter Jessop, The Orchard End Murder is a violent, darkly humorous thriller, unseen since it originally shocked UK cinemas audiences as the supporting feature to Gary Sherman’s Dead and Buried.

BFI Flipside is dedicated to rediscovering the margins of British film, reclaiming a space for forgotten movies and filmmakers who would otherwise be in danger of disappearing from our screens forever. It is a home for UK cinematic oddities, offering everything from exploitation documentaries to B-movies, countercultural curios and obscure classics, If it's weird, British and forgotten, then it's Flipside.

Browse more BFI Flipside titles.

Extras

Presented in High Definition and Standard Definition

The Showman (Christian Marnham, 1970, 25 mins): Short documentary about fairground Wild West showman Wally Shufflebottom

Christian Marnham on The Orchard End Murder (2017, 38 mins)

Christian Marnham on The Showman (2017, 5 mins)

From Melody to Orchard End Murder: An Interview with Tracy Hyde (2017, 12 mins)

An Interview with David Wilkinson (2017, 13 mins)

Illustrated booklet with new writing by Josephine Botting and Vic Pratt, and full film credits

Additional Info

Additional Info

SKU 5035673012772
Catalogue Number BFIB1277
Subtitle A film by Christian Marnham
Product contents DVD & Blu-ray editions
Year 1980
Director Christian Marnham
Format DVD, Blu-Ray
Publisher(s) BFI Flipside
Countries UK
Aspect ratio original aspect ratio 1.85:1
Colour Colour
Sound Dolby Digital 2.0 mono (320kbps)
Subtitles English HOH
Language(s) English
Running time 50 min
DVD region 2
Blu-ray region B
Certificate 18

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