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It Happened Here

Posted: Wed May 16, 2018 11:17 am
by MichaelB
Confirmed as a Dual Format edition for July 23rd.
It Happened Here
Directed by Kevin Brownlow and Andrew Mollo


'The German invasion of England took place in July 1940 after the British retreat from Dunkirk. Strongly resisted at first, the German army took many months to restore order. But the resistance movement, lacking outside support, was finally crushed. Then, in 1944, the resistance movement reappeared'.

That is the story of what happened when history was re-written. The Nazis have won the Second World War and is an army of occupation in England's green and pleasant land. Aged just 18 when, along with Andrew Mollo, Kevin Brownlow embarked on this ambitious documentary-style drama, the film took eight gruelling years to complete. The result is both a frightening and - with fears of fascism reappearing throughout Europe - a timely reminder of what might have happened if the Allies had not defeated the Nazi menace.

Special features
• Newly filmed interview with Kevin Brownlow
• Newly filmed interview with Production Assistant Joanna Roeber
• Archive interview with Kevin Brownlow and Andrew Mollo
• Original trailer
• Stills Gallery featuring rare, previously unseen photos
• Other extras TBC
• Fully illustrated booklet with new writing on the film by Dr Josephine Botting (BFI) and full film credits

UK | 1965 | black & white | 97 minutes | 1 x BD50 / Region B | DVD9 x 1 /Region 2 | Cert PG

Re: It Happened Here

Posted: Wed May 16, 2018 1:17 pm
by What A Disgrace
I've been wanting to see this for years, since Winstanley blew me away. My favorite of the recent batch of announcements.

Re: It Happened Here

Posted: Wed May 16, 2018 1:35 pm
by GaryC
I first saw this at the NFT (now BFI Southbank) around 1994 - as it happened, the first public showing of the complete version, with Brownlow introducing it and answering questions afterwards. A definite buy for me.

Re: It Happened Here

Posted: Wed May 16, 2018 4:18 pm
by FlickeringWindow
While it's a little rough around the edges, it honestly doesn't come off as the work of two teenagers with only pocket change. This is an amazing, underrated film that absolutely should get a new following, especially with the way things are today. Easily one of my most anticipated releases of the year.

I highly recommend reading Brownlow's book on the film, How It Happened Here, as it's one of the best books about filmmaking I've read.

Re: It Happened Here

Posted: Thu May 17, 2018 8:16 am
by NABOB OF NOWHERE
I have a vague memory of bunking off school with a mate and going up west to Soho for a sleazy afternoon. We ended up in a cinema just off Piccadilly Circus normally reserved for the dirty mac brigade and seeing 'It happened here'. I have absolutely no idea why it was programmed there unless Brownlow himself was a regular habitué. Far from disappointed that we hadn't scored Debbie does Dallas I like to think it set me on the path of less salacious fare and onto one of cinephilia instead of scopophilia.

Re: It Happened Here

Posted: Fri May 18, 2018 9:41 am
by MichaelB
Image

Re: It Happened Here

Posted: Fri May 18, 2018 10:17 am
by swo17
Note the "Not Final Artwork" though

Re: It Happened Here

Posted: Fri May 18, 2018 5:33 pm
by colinr0380
FlickeringWindow wrote:While it's a little rough around the edges, it honestly doesn't come off as the work of two teenagers with only pocket change.

In some ways the roughness of the filming lends a certain documentary verite look to certain scenes, almost Peter Watkins-like in some moments.

Re: It Happened Here

Posted: Fri May 18, 2018 7:55 pm
by joshua
I kind of wish someone would have put together an extra here on Peter Suschitzky. I would have loved to have seen a history/analysis of his work on this film and how it lead to or informed his later work with Peter Watkins and David Cronenberg.