DVD premiere of this acclaimed BBC TV 'Play for Today' from 1978.
Directed by John Mackenzie (The Long Good Friday, Just Another Saturday) and adapted by Alan Garner (The Owl Service) from his own fantasy novel, Red Shift takes the viewer on a fantastical and bewildering journey.
Spanning three separate time periods, Red Shift tells the story of three troubled young men one in Roman Britain, one in the English Civil War and one in the 1970s all of whom are haunted by each others memories, and are connected through a shared location (Mow Cop in Cheshire) and through the discovery, by teenagers Tom and Jen, of an ancient and mystical axe-head.
Exploring themes of mysticism and folklore that are common in Alan Garner s fantasy novels, Red Shift is a classic Play for Today from the golden age of BBC drama.
Extras • Brand new High Definition transfer • One Pair of Eyes: Alan Garner - All Systems Go (Lawrence Moore, 1972, 40 mins): an experimental, autobiographical documentary presented by Alan Garner • Interview with 1st assistant director Bob Jacobs and editor, Oliver White (2013, 5 mins) • Spirit of Cheshire (Kevin T Marsland, 1980, 20 mins): Michael Hordern narrates as the voice of the 'Silver Ghost' Rolls Royce on a journey around the sights of the Cheshire countryside • Fully illustrated booklet with extensive credits and newly commissioned essays from David Rolinson, Alan Garner, Michael Brooke and Sergio Angelini