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It Happened Here

#1 Post by MichaelB » Wed May 16, 2018 11:17 am

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

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#2 Post by What A Disgrace » Wed May 16, 2018 1:17 pm

I've been wanting to see this for years, since Winstanley blew me away. My favorite of the recent batch of announcements.

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#3 Post by GaryC » Wed May 16, 2018 1:35 pm

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.

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#4 Post by FlickeringWindow » Wed May 16, 2018 4:18 pm

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.

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#5 Post by NABOB OF NOWHERE » Thu May 17, 2018 8:16 am

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.

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#6 Post by MichaelB » Fri May 18, 2018 9:41 am

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#7 Post by swo17 » Fri May 18, 2018 10:17 am

Note the "Not Final Artwork" though

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#8 Post by colinr0380 » Fri May 18, 2018 5:33 pm

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.

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#9 Post by joshua » Fri May 18, 2018 7:55 pm

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.

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#10 Post by MichaelB » Fri Jun 22, 2018 9:59 am

Full specs announced:
It Happened Here
A film by Kevin Brownlow & Andrew Mollo

Dual Format Edition (Blu-ray & DVD) release, 23 July 2018


See the original trailer here

Kevin Brownlow and Andrew Mollo’s immensely powerful It Happened Here depicts an alternative history in which England has been invaded and occupied by Nazi Germany.

Coming to Blu-ray for the first time, on 23 July 2018, the film is presented in a new 2K remaster (from the original camera negative) by the BFI National Archive, supervised by Kevin Brownlow, to mark his 80th birthday.

A raft of exceptional extras include previously unseen behind-the-scenes footage, new interviews, news items, trailers and more.

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

That is what happened when history was rewritten: Nazi Germany has won the Second World War and England is under occupation. Kevin Brownlow was only 18 when he and Andrew Mollo – just 16 – embarked on this ambitious neorealist-tinged drama, which took eight years to complete, helped along by financial support from Tony Richardson (Woodfall Films). Shot on both 16mm and 35mm, with a mainly amateur cast and with incredible attention to detail, the impressively polished result is a chilling and timely reminder of what might have been had Nazism not been defeated.

The newly remastered film will be premiered on the big screen at a special Blu-ray/DVD launch event at BFI Southbank on its release date, Monday 23 July at 6.00pm, followed by a discussion with Kevin Brownlow and Andrew Mollo. More details and tickets from www.bfi.org.uk/southbank

Special features
• Presented in High Definition and Standard Definition
Mirror on the World (1962, 10 mins): full version of fake German newsreel
It Happened Here: Behind the Scenes (1956-66, 22 mins): previously unseen footage with a new commentary by Kevin Brownlow
• Original UK and US trailers (1966)
It Happened Here Again (1976, 7 mins): excerpt from a documentary on Winstanley
• Interview excerpt with the directors (2009, 2 mins)
The Conquest of London (1964/2005, 4 mins): Italian TV item
On Set With Brownlow and Mollo (2018, 12 mins): interview with Production Assistant Johanna Roeber
Kevin Brownlow Remembers It Happened Here (2018, 65 mins)
• Image gallery
• Introduction to How It Happened Here: text of David Robinson’s foreword to the book (Downloadable PDF – DVD only)
• Illustrated booklet with writing by Kevin Brownlow and new essays by Dr Josephine Botting, DoP Peter Suschitzky and military historian EWW Fowler

Product details
RRP: £19.99/ Cat. no. BFIB1298 / Cert PG
UK / 1964 / black and white / 100 mins / English language, with optional hard-of-hearing subtitles / original aspect ratio 1.33:1 / BD50: 1080p, 24fps, PCM 1.0 mono audio (48kHz/24-bit) / DVD9: PAL, 25fps, Dolby Digital 1.0 mono audio (192kbps)

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