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Re: Upcoming Movies on TV (UK)

#1201 Post by diamonds » Sat Jun 12, 2021 8:46 am

colinr0380 wrote:
Sat Jun 12, 2021 8:35 am
Two series have recently been announced as upcoming on television: E4 is showing season 5 of Rick & Morty from Monday 21st (seemingly a day after its US premiere), and BBC4 has announced that it is going to be showing Ken Burns' series on Hemingway in six parts (which probably means that the original three episodes that run two hours each will be split up into hour long episodes) although they have not set a date for that as yet.

As a Hemingway novice, does anyone have any essential titles to begin reading up on?
Be warned, as the Burns documentary reads aloud key/ending passages from pretty much every major novel of his, and a few short stories. The Sun Also Rises, A Farewell to Arms, and The Old Man and the Sea are all essential.

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#1202 Post by jlnight » Sat Jun 12, 2021 8:55 am

Brakes, Fri 18th June, London Live. (been on Film4)
The Godfathers of Hardcore, late Fri 18th June, Sky Arts.

Rockets in the Dunes (CFF), Sat 19th June, Talking Pictures. (been on London Live)
The Hunters (1958), Sat 19th June, Talking Pictures. Also Tue 22nd June.
Gentleman's Agreement, Sat 19th June, Talking Pictures. Also Tue 22nd June.
The Earth Dies Screaming, Sat 19th June, Talking Pictures. Also Wed 23rd June.
Five Fingers, Sat 19th June, Talking Pictures. Or...
An Impossible Love (2018), Sat 19th June, BBC4.
Out of Blue (2018), late Sat 19th June, BBC2.

The Court Jester, Sun 20th June, Talking Pictures.
The Detective (1968), Sun 20th June, Talking Pictures. Also Tue 22nd June.

After the Fox, Mon 21st June, London Live.
Tiger in the Smoke, Mon 21st June, Talking Pictures.
Girl (2018), late Mon 21st June, Channel 4.

Cocoon (2020), late Tue 22nd June, Channel 4.

The World of Henry Orient, Thu 24th June, London Live.
Blazing Saddles, Thu 24th June, BBC4.

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#1203 Post by colinr0380 » Wed Jun 16, 2021 1:21 pm

Lots of exciting things that I had not previously been aware of showing next week, which is also notable for a lot of foreign language premieres (mostly about teens) and films directed by women. jlnight has noted most of it but I'll add trailers:

BBC4 is showing the French romantic drama An Impossible Love at 10 p.m. on Saturday 19th. The Belgian transgender teen ballet drama Girl is showing on Channel 4 at 2:40 a.m. on Tuesday 22nd, and the German romantic drama Cocoon is showing on Channel 4 at 2 a.m. on Wednesday 23rd.

BBC2 is showing Out of Blue at 12:30 a.m. in the early hours of Sunday 20th, which is the latest film by Carol Morley and based on a Martin Amis novel. And BBC2 is also showing VS at Midnight early Saturday 26th, which looks like a late entry into the 8 Mile rap battle genre. Though of course We Bare Bears already has that covered.
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Repeat-wise Film4 is showing My Beautiful Laundrette at 11:15 p.m. on Sunday 20th. jlnight has noted that BBC4 is showing Blazing Saddles at 10:10 p.m. on Thursday 24th, which is preceded by a 70 minute Imagine... interview programme with Mel Brooks at 9 p.m., and BBC1 is showing The Producers at 10:35 p.m. on Friday 25th. Also Letter From An Unknown Woman is showing on BBC2 at 11 a.m. on Saturday 19th.

There are also Julia Roberts starring films galore showing over next week, with Steel Magnolias showing on Channel 5 at 12:55 p.m. on Saturday 19th, and a double bill of Pretty Woman at 9 p.m. followed by Sleeping With The Enemy at 11:20 p.m. on Sunday 20th, aka the film that popularised Van Morrison's "Brown Eyed Girl" in a happy clothing montage scene that later got parodied (and mashed up with Pretty Woman's clothing montage scene) in the erotic thriller spoof Fatal Instinct. That was the period of the early 90s of late 60s-early 70s songs getting rediscovered and soundtracking films, Roy Orbison's Pretty Woman and Stuck In The Middle With You in Reservoir Dogs probably being the best examples.

The most exciting repeat however is an extremely rare showcasing of the sizzling sexual chemistry on display between Jane Russell and Groucho Marx in Double Dynamite on BBC2 at 11:55 a.m. on Sunday 20th. And whilst it get shown a lot on the subscription satellite channels it very rarely appears on the freeview channels, the most notable repeat on Film4 next week is The Next Karate Kid (in which Ralph Macchio was swapped out for newcomer Hilary Swank) showing at 6:50 p.m. on Saturday 19th

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Lots of stuff TV-wise too. I had forgotten to note the Jimmy McGovern written, Sean Bean starring Time series showing on BBC1 on Sunday nights, but that comes to an end this Sunday. Place your bets now on whether Sean Bean's character survives in the end!

E4's Adult Swim block keeps skipping around seemingly trying to escape any sustained attention from audiences with the programming block now having moved from Friday nights, then Thursday nights to now Mondays for the fifth season of Rick and Morty at 10 p.m. on Monday 21st. This is also being followed by the first episode of series 2 of Harley Quinn at 10:30 p.m. and Birdgirl at 11 p.m. Whilst on the subject of animation I also want to give kudos to ITV2 for picking up Bob's Burgers and showing the entire run in 8 p.m. double bills on weeknights before Family Guy: that was a show that Channel 4 picked up for the first two seasons back in the day and then inevitably lost interest in, so it has been great to have finally been able to catch up on that.

But the most exciting thing of the week is that BBC4's Storyville series is showing the first two episodes (of eight) of Philly D.A.: Breaking The Law at 10 p.m. on Tuesday 22nd.

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#1204 Post by jlnight » Sat Jun 19, 2021 8:06 pm

The Great Pony Raid (CFF), Sat 26th June, Talking Pictures.
Charlie Chan at Monte Carlo, Sat 26th June, Talking Pictures.
The Frogmen, Sat 26th June, Talking Pictures. Also Tue 29th June.

Francis of Assisi, Sun 27th June, Talking Pictures. Also Wed 30th June.
Ghostbusters (1984), Sun 27th June, ITV4.

Blackmail (1929), Mon 28th June, London Live.
The Planter's Wife, Mon 28th June, Talking Pictures.
And Then We Danced (2019), late Mon 28th June, Film4.

The Other Love (1947), Tue 29th June, Talking Pictures.

Hear My Song, Thu 1st July, Film4.


Film4 seem to have the first four Star Trek films scheduled for Fri 2nd July!

EDIT: Film4 have got Star Trek films 5-9 scheduled for Sat 3rd July! A movie marathon!

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#1205 Post by colinr0380 » Wed Jun 23, 2021 12:34 pm

Some interesting things next week. The big film (though it depends on whether it will be cancelled due to ITV1 showing the football instead) is the premiere of Ocean's 8 at 8:15 p.m. on Saturday 26th.

The really interesting premiere of the week however is the one that jlnight has noted, with the Georgian film And Then We Danced, which threatens to start where Billy Eliot left off. It does seem slightly restrictive however in this run of films turning up on television that the new current cliché in gay cinema appears to be inevitably having to become a dancer and make out with their fellow students (though that's also a hangover of the High School Musical/Step Up/The Next Step "fussin' and feudin' in a dance school" general dance show trend towards focusing on classroom romances too). What about all of the gay people with two left feet? Anyway, this film gets the highest five star rating in the RadioTimes and is showing on Film4 at 1 a.m. on Tuesday 29th.

BBC2 is going to be showing a 75 minute concert film Fela Kuti at Glastonbury 1984 at 10 p.m. on Sunday 27th.

BBC4 has a great week with the first episode (or rather the first half of the first episode as aired in the US) of Ken Burns' Hemingway series showing at 9 p.m. on Tuesday 29th and the third episode of Philly D.A. showing at 10:40 p.m. the same evening. The Storyville series continues with a film about a transgender seven year old Petite Fille, showing on BBC4 at 10 p.m. on Wednesday 30th.

And Film4 has a rare repeat screening of Hear My Song at 11:40 p.m. on Thursday 1st as a tribute to the late Ned Beatty.

It is interesting that Film4 are screening the first four Star Trek films from 6:20 p.m. until 4 a.m. on Friday 2nd. BBC2 finished showing the entire run of the recent Battlestar: Galactica series only last week which had gone on for about a year in total, so I wonder if Film4 are trying to capture an audience getting late Friday night sci-fi withdrawal symptoms (Hint: If the BBC wants to counter attack, why not repeat Space: Above & Beyond? :wink: )

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#1206 Post by colinr0380 » Sat Jun 26, 2021 6:58 pm

A couple more pieces of trivia from the CBBC channel screenings today: watching the 2015 Scooby-Doo film Scooby-Doo! Moon Monster Madness it was interesting to discover both that Matthew Lillard continued to voice Shaggy in many Scooby-Doo animations long after the two live action Scooby-Doo films he appeared in (probably happening around Casey Kasem passing the torch on before he died in 2014), and also to find out that in this particular production that Malcolm McDowell turns up voicing a rather vainglorious moon man! (And I hate to keep banging on about it but Malcolm McDowell also voices a character in a couple of episodes of the We Bare Bears series too!)

And this might not resonate much outside of the UK but it was quite a surprise to see Nicholas Lyndhurst make a rare recent screen appearance playing a geriatric (because of being 60!), pink-haired(!!), neck tattooed(!!!) thug in an episode of the So Awkward series, trying to tempt the schoolkids into living life dangerously. He was actually playing against his son Archie Lyndhurst in that episode and there is a rather sad story there, as Archie was one of the main actors in the show and sadly passed away last September aged only 20.

I then went on to have a bit of a nostalgia trip with a 30 Years of CBBC retrospective show from back in 2015, which includes the ur-puppet from which all the rest of them sprang: Gordon the Gopher! Ah, the Phillip Schofield broom cupboard years were the best ones!
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#1207 Post by jlnight » Sat Jun 26, 2021 7:49 pm

The Salvage Gang (CFF), Sat 3rd July, Talking Pictures. (been on before)
Pack Up Your Troubles (+ Brats and The Music Box), Sat 3rd July, Talking Pictures. (been on before)
Garden of Evil, Sat 3rd July, Talking Pictures. Also Fri 9th July.
Bloody Mama, Sat 3rd July, London Live.

The Grapes of Wrath, Sun 4th July, Talking Pictures. Also Thu 8th July.
The Gang's All Here (1943), Sun 4th July, Talking Pictures. Also Wed 7th July.
Clash of the Titans (1981), Sun 4th July, BBC1. Also Thu 8th July, BBC4.
Sons of the Desert (+ Another Fine Mess), Sun 4th July, Talking Pictures.
The Bad Lord Byron, Sun 4th July, Talking Pictures. Also Thu 8th July.
Yesterday (2019), Sun 4th July, BBC1.

Bloodbath at the House of Death, Mon 5th July, London Live.
Mommy (2014), late Mon 5th July, Film4.
The Velvet Touch, late Mon 5th July, Talking Pictures.

Kurt and Courtney, Tue 6th July, London Live.

Freckles (1960), Wed 7th July, Talking Pictures.

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#1208 Post by colinr0380 » Tue Jun 29, 2021 5:33 pm

There are a few films showing next week but none of them really raised my interest too much: the third Hotel Transylvania movie is showing on ITV1 at 2:20 p.m. on Sunday 4th (still by far the best film series featuring Adam Sandler); the film that rubs the Beatles out of history, Yesterday, is showing on BBC1 at 8:15 p.m. on Sunday 4th; and Yesterday clashes with Channel 5 showing the 2018 Jamie Foxx version of Robin Hood at 9 p.m.

When the most interesting seeming new film (or at least the only one that inspired me enough to search out a trailer to link) is one starring Gerard Butler, you know the outlook is not looking too good! That is The Vanishing, which immediately rubs me the wrong way for having the same title as the classic 1988 film (although the 1993 remake of that already did a lot of the damage there!). It at least looks promising for having Peter Mullan in the cast, and for being another in the strangely specific late 2010s subgenre of 'relationships deteriorating whilst lighthouse keeping' films (The Light Between The Oceans, Cold Skin... um... The Lighthouse)

BBC4's Storyville series is showing Raising A School Shooter at 10 p.m. on Wednesday 7th, interviewing the parents of children who committed murders in US high schools, including the mother of one of the Columbine High School killers. And BBC2 is beginning to show the third series of Mayans M.C. at 10 p.m. on Sunday 4th: the channel has really committed to that series over the last few years meaning that Mayans M.C. has been given a much higher profile on UK television than its parent series, Sons of Anarchy, ever had.

Really the best film screening next week is the one noted by jlnight: the repeat of Xavier Dolan's Mommy on Film4 at 1:15 a.m. in the early hours of Tuesday 6th. I talked about it the first time this film was shown back in 2017. That screening took place on the DOG-tagged Channel 4, so this Film4 screening will be the first 'clean' showing of the film where finally there will not be a distracting "4" symbol in the corner of the screen at all times however wide or narrow the aspect ratio gets!
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#1209 Post by colinr0380 » Sat Jul 03, 2021 7:12 am

A nice piece of television continuity from the archives has just appeared: a clip from Channel 4 in the late 1980s which includes the end of William Raban's Thames Film and a trailer for a "Soviet Spring" season of films. Little Vera sounds interesting!

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#1210 Post by jlnight » Sat Jul 03, 2021 8:31 pm

Skid Kids (CFF), Sat 10th July, Talking Pictures. (been on before)
The Bullfighters (+ Double Whoopee and From Soup to Nuts), Sat 10th July, Talking Pictures. Also Tue 13th July.
Hangover Square (1944), Sat 10th July, Talking Pictures. Also Mon 12th July.

Jitterbugs (+ Putting Pants on Philip), Sun 11th July, Talking Pictures. Also Thu 15th July.
The Fan (1949), Sun 11th July, Talking Pictures. Also Wed 14th July.
From the Terrace, Sun 11th July, Talking Pictures. Also Fri 16th July.

Inn of the Damned, Mon 12th July, London Live. Or...
Naked (1993), Mon 12th July, Film4.

Fetishes, Tue 13th July, London Live.

Accident (1967), Wed 14th July, London Live.

Fire Will Come (2019), late Thu 15th July, Film4.



Soviet Spring (1990):

13/01/90 - Testimony [Tony Palmer]
17/01/90 - Repentance [Tengiz Abuladze]
18/01/90 - My Friend Ivan Lapshin [Aleksei German]
19/01/90 - My English Grandfather [Nana Dzhordzhadze] / Remember Me This Way [Pavel Chukhraj]
20/01/90 - From Russia With Rock [Marjaana Mykkanen] / The Highest Court [Gertz Franc]
24/01/90 - Komissar [Aleksandr Askoldov]
25/01/90 - The Cold Summer of '53 [Alexander Proshkin]
26/01/90 - Shadows of Our Forgotten Ancestors [Sergei Paradjanov]
31/01/90 - Come and See [Elem Klimov]

01/02/90 - The Stain [Aleko Tsabadze]
02/02/90 - Birdwatcher [Arvo Ikho]
07/02/90 - Little Vera [Vassili Pitchul]
08/02/90 - Asya's Happiness [Konchalovsky]

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#1211 Post by colinr0380 » Sun Jul 04, 2021 6:06 am

Thanks jlnight. I have a copy of the excellent The Stain recorded from a Channel 4 repeat a couple of years later (I think only that and Come and See from this season were repeated in the mid-1990s), and there is a YouTube rip of the 1990 broadcast here. It still has the best scene of someone rocking out to Bruce Springsteen in its early moments set to Hungry Heart, Blinded By The Light be damned!

And here's Little Vera, split into 9 parts with English subs.

Nice to see Naked coming to the television. Has it been shown since the first couple of Channel 4 screenings in the mid-90s? I wonder how people now will react to the cold opening of the main character in the middle of an act of rough sex-rape, which seemed to pass much without comment on its original release.

And Film4 has been trailing that they will be premiering The Hate U Give on Wednesday 14th.

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#1212 Post by jlnight » Mon Jul 05, 2021 9:01 am

On Soviet Spring, I think Repentance, Lapshin, Grandfather, Komissar, Birdwatcher and Asya's Happiness were all repeated on Channel 4 in the mid-90s (they must have had them still licensed during that time) while Forgotten Ancestors was repeated in October 1990 (Paradjanov tribute), The Highest Court had been shown twice in the late 80s and Repentance had a couple of screenings on Channel 5 in 99/2000. This may have been the only time a non-English language title had been screened on that channel!

The Women Call the Shots season also played on Channel 4 in 1990 and included some Soviet films in Prostitute, Several Interviews on Personal Problems, Wings and Marite.

On Naked, I've apparently seen this in 2008, so it must have been on Film4 but it also appeared as part of their Extreme season in 2012 (the same one that included Benny's Video and Love Exposure).

London Live meanwhile have managed to sneak out The London Nobody Knows (1967) over the weekend.

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#1213 Post by colinr0380 » Mon Jul 05, 2021 12:31 pm

Ah, that explains why I ignored Naked as that was well after picking up the Criterion edition to replace the old VHS tape from its 1995 premiere.

I do remember that Channel 5 surprisingly showed The Emigrants (in March 2003) and The New Land (in June 2003) in late night slots when they were a fairly new channel and the Marlon Brando starring Gillo Pontecorvo film Burn! (Premiering it in July 1999 and repeating it in June and July of 2000) , when the late night schedules contained films (mostly Russ Meyer or starring Shannon Tweed!) rather than filled with all night home shopping and casino programmes as they have been for the last few decades. They also premiered, ahem, Emmanuelle on UK television in 1998 along with Emmanuelle 2 and Emmanuelle IV in 1999! Sadly they never got around to the Walerian Borowczyk-directed Emmanuelle 5 though. These presumably would have been in English dubbed versions. When Channel 4 showed Emmanuelle in 2001 I think it was the dubbed version then. Speaking of Russian films Channel 5 also premiered Karen Shakhnazarov's Assassin of the Tsar (with Malcolm McDowell!) in December 1998!

I looked up Repentance and you are right: it showed again on Channel 4 in September 1995 and November 1996 and then had at least two screenings on Channel 5, in November 1998 and 28th December 2000! Unfortunately I could not find any record of repeat screenings of the other films in my records, although those begin in November 1994 so they may have been swiftly repeated during the first half of the 1990s.

Whilst searching it was interesting however to note some other Russian films that appeared on Channel 4 between the end of 1994 and the end of 2003:

From 1984: Life, Love and Tears screened March 1996
From 1985: Remember Me This Way screened 1995; The Stain in May 1995; Come and See in July 1995
From 1986: My English Grandfather screened in October 1995 and December 1996
From 1987: Lonely Woman Seeks Lifetime Companion screened 1996
From 1988: Ashik Kerib screened 1997 (a repeat so it must have premiered in the early 1990s)
From 1990: Don't Move, Die and Rise Again! screened July 1997 and May 1998; The Asthenic Syndrome in October 1997 and May 1998;
From 1991: Urga (aka Close To Eden in its US title) screened December 1994 and July 1997
From 1992: I Wanted To See Angels screened October 1995 and March 1997
From 1995: Burnt By The Sun screened November 1999 and November 2003
From 1996: Prisoner Of the Mountains in January 2001
From 1997: The Thief in November 1999 and October 2001
From 1998: Of Freaks And Men in June 2003

And whilst it is a Welsh film, I could not leave out the excellent Leaving Lenin, premiered in March 1997! (Shown in a double bill with I Wanted To See Angels). I wrote a bit up about the film here and it really needs to get rediscovered some time as a film about wrestling with the collapse of the Soviet Union from the perspective of the left-leaning teachers in the West who are maybe rather overly starry eyed about the glories of the USSR! (It would also have been my pick to represent Pride month just passed, and even more sadly touching now given the reported crackdowns against homosexuality in Russia since the film was made in the way that it portrays St Petersburg as a potential new haven of liberated artistic expression!)

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#1214 Post by GaryC » Tue Jul 06, 2021 1:28 am

colinr0380 wrote:
Mon Jul 05, 2021 12:31 pm
I do remember that Channel 5 surprisingly showed The Emigrants (in March 2003) and The New Land (in June 2003) in late night slots when they were a fairly new channel and the Marlon Brando starring Gillo Pontecorvo film Burn! (Premiering it in July 1999 and repeating it in June and July of 2000) , when the late night schedules contained films (mostly Russ Meyer or starring Shannon Tweed!) rather than filled with all night home shopping and casino programmes as they have been for the last few decades. They also premiered, ahem, Emmanuelle on UK television in 1998 along with Emmanuelle 2 and Emmanuelle IV in 1999! Sadly they never got around to the Walerian Borowczyk-directed Emmanuelle 5 though. These presumably would have been in English dubbed versions. When Channel 4 showed Emmanuelle in 2001 I think it was the dubbed version then. Speaking of Russian films Channel 5 also premiered Karen Shakhnazarov's Assassin of the Tsar (with Malcolm McDowell!) in December 1998!
I saw that first showing of Burn! and it was the shorter English-language version. If I remember rightly, Emmanuelle was dubbed. I didn't see the others.

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#1215 Post by jlnight » Tue Jul 06, 2021 4:17 am

In short, the other Soviet films mentioned did appear in 1994 (pre-November) and includes Ashik Kerib, which premiered in the 1990 Paradjanov tribute, and Legend of the Suram Fortress (also shown in '88 and '90). Life, Love and Tears turned up in 1992. Channel 4 had Soviet seasons in 1987 and 1988 (included a short Mikhalkov season) plus an almost complete Tarkovsky season in 1989 (Film4 did the whole lot in 2017).

Burn! will be on again soon!

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#1216 Post by colinr0380 » Tue Jul 06, 2021 8:39 am

Do you have any details of those earlier Channel 4 Soviet film seasons jlnight?

I did not go further back than Russian films from later than 1980 in the above trawl, though the screening of Dersu Uzala shown in a Channel 4 Kurosawa season over the Christmas 1999 period would probably also count, due to it being a Mosfilm co-production.

I have not yet updated my records beyond 2004 so I was trying to casually try to remember Russian films that have screened on Channel 4 or Film4 since then. Along with the 2017 Tarkovsky season jlnight notes I seem to remember Film4 showing 9th Company a couple of times, along with Sokurov's Alexandra
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#1217 Post by thirtyframesasecond » Tue Jul 06, 2021 3:00 pm

I know streaming and DVD options makes most world cinema, across the decades, available, but it is thoroughly depressing that BBC2/4 or C4 can't find time in their schedules, even at 3am, for interesting films. C4 had their run of older Indian films in the last few years, but most other international films are recent one-offs.

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#1218 Post by colinr0380 » Tue Jul 06, 2021 4:14 pm

I would love it if BBC2, BBC4 or Film4 would try and break away from the world of what is commercially available for streaming and just showing whatever is easily available on DVD/Blu-ray to forge their own path into the annals of cinema. Show something only you might have access to, or have negotiated the broadcast rights to separately from the home video market, not just whatever Curzon/Artificial Eye brought out on DVD (often DVD only!) two years ago. Pre-empt the boutique labels and make a name for your channel as exploring the world of film directly rather than buying in content from commercial releases (and then noting that anyone interested will have bought the disc instead so there's no point in showing films on television, in self-fulfilling prophecy manoeuvre). It might be a bit more expensive but if a channel could find films first that would not only compete with boutique labels but provide another avenue for filmmakers to get their work shown as well. An audience member seeing something on television that they may never have thought about watching otherwise both potentially broadens their horizons and might lead them to eventually buying an official disc release (or purchasing via streaming) in the future. I know that seeing a wide variety of films in the television schedules during the 1990s was key in kickstarting my interest in film beyond just being casually curious about seeing the latest Hollywood blockbusters. This was really where Channel 4 was so important as in those first couple of decades of the channel's existence they were actually creating (and just as importantly, buying in) their own content with little need to cater to outside economic forces (or even theatrical success, as most of the early films were approached as having their biggest audiences through their television broadcast after a relatively cursory theatrical screening, although the theatrical screening became more and more important up to the point where seemingly the huge US success of Four Weddings and a Funeral shifted the paradigm entirely to theatrical exhibition taking prominence, and the subsequent TV screening becoming more of an afterthought).

It is a shame, as the current overwhelming mass of material should make for the perfect climate for a curated season of films, or at least for introductions to films to become really relevant again in the schedules. But instead there's nothing except scattered screenings. It took me three weeks in before I belatedly realised that Channel 4 were doing a month of late night international LBTQ+ related films to tie in with last month's Pride celebrations! That would have been the kind of thing that in the 1990s would have had a little introductory piece of graphical art to tie all the films together and a title chosen to represent the whole season, along with an associated trailer announcing the roster of films in the manner of that "Soviet Spring" one linked earlier (and have been trailed in enough time to allow for the Daily Mail to do a "what's the world coming to?" article to add to the attention! :wink: ). Now there's nothing to signify there is anything particularly special or noteworthy about films being presented in close proximity to each other. Even the Indian film seasons back in the 1990s used to have little five minute introductions produced by Nasreen Munni Kabir that provided valuable context to the upcoming films (she also produced the Movie Mahal series and the documentary on Guru Dutt). Now its just the film and no sense of whether we are seeing a season of half a dozen films or two or just a one off showing just surprisingly appearing in the schedule.

I do remember BBC2 doing that series of Saturday night "New British Cinema" films at the end of last year, but that seemed more about promoting the work of the latest BFI-funded films at a time when all of the cinemas were closed (similar to the way that the pandemic inadvertently actually brought a couple of screenings of filmed theatrical productions back to television screens decades after BBC had axed its series of "Stage 2" weekly broadcasts of filmed productions of plays in the mid-1990s) than a more general concerted effort to bring fully curated film seasons back to television.
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#1219 Post by colinr0380 » Wed Jul 07, 2021 12:50 pm

Next week is an extremely frustrating week scheduling-wise, with everything seemingly designed to clash together at certain times.

The big premiere of the week is John Wick 3: Parabellum on Channel 4 at 9 p.m. on Saturday 10th.

BBC2 is showing the pansexual, spoit for choice, version of a Bresson premise meeting Quantum Leap meeting a teen drama film Every Day at 12:40 a.m. in the early hours of Monday 12th. BBC1 reaches the fifth(!) season of Bates Motel, with the first two episodes showing in a double bill at 11:10 p.m. on Tuesday 13th, which clashes with the fifth and sixth episodes of Philly D.A. on BBC4 at the same time.

However the most annoying clash in the schedules occurs on Wednesday 14th when the previously mentioned The Hate U Give, starring Amandla Stenberg, shows on Film4 at 9 p.m. which clashes against BBC2's premiere of the evening: Everything, Everything showing at 11:15 p.m., also starring Amandla Stenberg. It's a Stenberg stand-off! Both of those clash against BBC4's Storyville documentary showing at 10 p.m. the same evening, Carlos Ghosn: The Last Flight, in which Amandla Stenberg is disappointingly nowhere to be seen.

The most exciting film of the week however is the one already noted by jlnight: the Spanish film Fire Will Come, showing on Film4 at 1:55 a.m. on Friday 16th. Although the RadioTimes says that it is a "slow burning drama" :roll:
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Repeat-wise, along with Film4 showing Naked at 11:20 p.m. on Monday 12th, BBC1 is showing Weird Science at 11:15 p.m. on Saturday 10th and there is a surprisingly rare repeat showing of the Space Jam movie on ITV2 at 4:50 p.m. on Sunday 11th, presumably to tie in with the sequel coming to cinemas.

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#1220 Post by jlnight » Sun Jul 11, 2021 4:13 am

Eagle Rock (CFF), Sat 17th July, Talking Pictures. (been on London Live)
Fallen Angel (1945), Sat 17th July, Talking Pictures. Also Wed 21st July.
Our Relations (+ Below Zero and Twice Two), Sat 17th July, Talking Pictures. (been on before)
Hidden Agenda, Sat 17th July, London Live.

West Side Story, Sun 18th July, BBC2.
The Bohemian Girl (+ Battle of the Century), Sun 18th July, Talking Pictures. (been on before)

Satan's Slave, Mon 19th July, London Live. (been on BBC and Horror)
The Ploughman's Lunch, late Mon 19th July, Film4. (last seen in 2011)

Olympic Pride American Prejudice, Tue 20th July, London Live.

Cold Comfort Farm (1995), Thu 22nd July, BBC4.
Wings of Desire, Thu 22nd July, Film4.

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#1221 Post by Dr Amicus » Sun Jul 11, 2021 10:42 am

With Naked tomorrow night and Ploughman next Monday, this is looking like a classic Film on Four slot.


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#1222 Post by colinr0380 » Mon Jul 12, 2021 3:08 am

I wonder if it is happening now to tie in with that season of 'classic' Film4 productions in cinemas to celebrate their re-opening. Though that has led me to imagining an accidental mix up of people happily gathering together to sit down in the cinema to watch Bhaji On The Beach only to be confronted by the first scene of Naked!

(Do Ladybird, Ladybird Film4! You know you want to!)

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#1223 Post by colinr0380 » Wed Jul 14, 2021 3:19 am

Not too bad next week though there is still one annoying clash in the schedule!

The big premieres are The Spy Who Dumped Me on Channel 4 at 9 p.m. on Saturday 17th, the 2018 remake(?) of Hellboy with Neil Marshall taking over from Guillermo del Toro, is showing at 9 p.m. on Channel 5 on Sunday 18th. Though the most exciting premiere of the week is the 'competitive swimmer vs alligators' horror film Crawl showing on Film4 at 9 p.m. on Friday 23rd.

It is pretty interesting documentary-wise as well. BBC4's Storyville season continues with Hillsong Church: God Goes Viral at 10 p.m. on Wednesday 21st, all about an apparent Australian megachurch with many high profile celebrities as members and a few controversies, most notably highlighted by a recent public debate between Elliot Page and Chris Pratt over its attitudes to LGBTQ people.

But most notably BBC1 is showing Steve McQueen's first foray into outright documentary with the three part series Uprising showing over three nights at 9 p.m. from Tuesday 20th to Thursday 22nd. The first tackles the New Cross fire of 1981 in which thirteen partygoers died in a suspected racially motivated arson attack; the second episode the "Black People's Day of Action" which followed; and the third how stop-and-search was created by the police in response and the ensuing Brixton riots.

Unfortunately this is where the clash occurs, as the first part clashes with BBC4's continuing airing of the Ken Burns Hemingway documentary and the third part unfortunately also clashes with a rare repeat showing of John Schlesinger's 1995 adaptation of Cold Comfort Farm at 8 p.m. also on BBC4.

jlnight has noted the other important repeats of the week with The Ploughman's Lunch on Film4 at 1:25 a.m. on Tuesday 20th and Wim Wenders' Wings of Desire showing on Film4 at 11:15 p.m. on Thursday 22nd (Faraway, So Close next week? :wink: Although knowing Film4 in its current state, it is probably just a prelude to City of Angels appearing in the early evening rotation!)

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#1224 Post by jlnight » Sun Jul 18, 2021 9:14 am

Hide and Seek (CFF), Sat 24th July, Talking Pictures. (been on London Live)
The Phantom Empire, starts Sat 24th July, Talking Pictures.
Way Out West (+ Helpmates and The Private Life Of Oliver the Eighth), Sat 24th July, Talking Pictures.
Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush, Sat 24th July, London Live. (been on Sony Movie channels)

The Cardboard Cavalier, Sun 25th July, Talking Pictures.
Swiss Miss (+ Do Detectives Think?), Sun 25th July, Talking Pictures. (been on before)

Time Limit, Mon 26th July, London Live.
The Shiver of the Vampires (Le Frisson des Vampires), Mon 26th July, London Live.

P'Tang Yang Kipperbang, late Thu 29th July, Film4.

Why Don't You Just Die!, Fri 30th July, Film4.

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#1225 Post by colinr0380 » Wed Jul 21, 2021 11:13 am

Very quiet next week, with most of the BBC given over to coverage of the Olympics. Which makes it even more frustrating that the main two new film premieres clash together on the evening of Friday 30th: jlnight has already noted the big film of the week with Film4's premiere of (luckily available on Blu-ray by Arrow) Russian film Why Don't You Just Die! at 11:15 p.m., whilst BBC2 is showing Looted at 11:05 p.m.

Channel 5 is showing the Liam Neesona and Laura Dern film Cold Pursuit at 9 p.m. on Sunday 25th.

Hemingway comes to an end on BBC4 with the last 100 minute episode at 9 p.m. on Tuesday 27th, followed by another showing of the 1932 A Farewell To Arms at 10:40 p.m.

BBC4 then starts the second series of French sci-fi show Missions with a triple bill of the first three episodes from 10 p.m. on Wednesday 28th. Which is not too much of a surprise as the channel repeated the first series a week or two ago.

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