The epic story of the Tolpuddle Martyrs, six Dorset labourers deported to Australia in the 1830s for forming a trade union.
Unfolding in the pastoral haze of Dorset and blinding light of Australia, this beautiful film is rich with carefully layered visual illusions an nuances. With moving, profound performances from a magnificent cast - including Alex Norton, Imelda Staunton, Robin Soans, Philip Davis, Vanessa Redgrave, Keith Allen and Barbara Windsor - this is a compelling account of struggle and injustice.
This distinctive feature from a director of singular vision is presented in a new High-Definition restoration.
- Lanterna Magicka - Bill Douglas & the Secret History of Cinema (2009, 60 minutes), an insightful new documentary on Douglas' life and work
- Visions of: Comrades (2009, 15 minutes) cast-members recall making the film
- Bill Douglas interviews (1978, total 33 minutes)
- Home and Away (Michael Alexander, 1974, 31 minutes) charming short film co-scripted by Douglas
- News report from the set of Comrades
- Original Comrades trailer
- Fully illustrated booklet including new essay, visual material, archive Q&A with Bill Douglas, biography, cast and credits etc
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