BFI Flipside

by earthlyparadise35 | created - 17 Feb 2015 | updated - 17 Feb 2015 | Public

Movies in the BFI Flipside collection - 'the untold story of British film' - ranked in descending order of whether you should bother watching them.

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1. Voice Over (1983)

105 min | Drama

A sheltered late night radio show host who offers escapism to his audience via his narrations of his 19th century romance novels, finds a brutalized young woman and takes her in to take care of her, which makes his psyche start to crack.

Director: Christopher Monger | Stars: Ian McNeice, Bish Nethercote, John Cassady, Sarah Martin

Votes: 69

A real lost masterpiece - art v commerce, romanticism v modernism, teamwork v individuality, the whole piece. And it only survives through a stroke of luck - seek it out.

2. Deep End (1970)

R | 88 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

15-year-old dropout Mike takes a job at Newford Baths, where inappropriate sexual behaviour abounds, and becomes obsessed with his coworker Susan.

Director: Jerzy Skolimowski | Stars: Jane Asher, John Moulder-Brown, Karl Michael Vogler, Christopher Sandford

Votes: 4,942

A beautiful piece of work about youth and desire. The connoisseur's choice for the best film of 1970, seriously.

3. Private Road (1971)

89 min | Drama, Romance

The childish love story between a young depressive girl and a talented young writer and the first steps into their adult life.

Director: Barney Platts-Mills | Stars: Susan Penhaligon, Bruce Robinson, Michael Feast, Robert Brown

Votes: 169

A great work, featuring a rare performance from Bruce Robinson alongside unsung hero Michael Feast. Manages to both embrace and dodge swinging London exploitation cliches.

4. The Black Panther (1977)

R | 102 min | Crime, Thriller

A gung-ho ex-military man pursues a secret life of crime, culminating in the kidnapping of a teenage heiress.

Director: Ian Merrick | Stars: Donald Sumpter, Debbie Farrington, Marjorie Yates, Sylvia O'Donnell

Votes: 491

Impressive, controversial true-life crime drama with a mesmerising central performance from Donald Sumpter.

5. You're Human Like the Rest of Them (1967)

18 min | Short, Drama

William Hoyland stars in this legendary, multi award-winning short film directed by the modernist writer and film-maker BS Johnson. You're Human Like the Rest of Them is an adaptation of ... See full summary »

Director: B.S. Johnson | Stars: William Hoyland, Barry Cole, Gordon Gridley, Anne Hardcastle

Votes: 44

Collection of the sublime BS Johnson's short subjects from a lost era of films for television.

6. Bronco Bullfrog (1970)

86 min | Drama

Del and his friends agree to take part in a robbery with a boy fresh from the borstal. When Del falls in love with Irene they decide to run away from their nagging parents - and the law.

Director: Barney Platts-Mills | Stars: Del Walker, Anne Gooding, Sam Shepherd, Roy Haywood

Votes: 262

Fine piece of work with some good performances from non-pro or very young actors; with this and Private Road it's odd the director disappeared.

7. Herostratus (1967)

142 min | Drama

When Max (Michael Gothard), a young poet hires a marketing company to turn his suicide-by-jumping into a mass-media spectacle, he finds that his subversive intentions are quickly diluted ... See full summary »

Director: Don Levy | Stars: Michael Gothard, Gabriella Licudi, Peter Stephens, Antony Paul

Votes: 330

I would watch literally anything with Michael Gothard in and this has the bonus of being a good film in its own right, if a bit pretentious.

8. The Party's Over (1965)

94 min | Drama

An American businessman visits London and is horrified to discover his nubile teenage daughter has become involved with a gang of thuggish "beatniks". Her involvement leads to wild parties, sex, death and necrophilia.

Director: Guy Hamilton | Stars: Oliver Reed, Clifford David, Ann Lynn, Katherine Woodville

Votes: 541

Enjoyably nasty 'youth' picture, with Oliver Reed burning the screen down.

9. Privilege (1967)

103 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

Steven Shorter is the ultimate British music star. His music is listened to by everyone from pre-teens to grandparents. He has no trace of public bad habits or drug involvement. Everyone in... See full summary »

Director: Peter Watkins | Stars: Paul Jones, Jean Shrimpton, Mark London, William Job

Votes: 1,013

Peter Watkins movie (in between The War Game and Punishment Park) with Paul Jones from Manfred Mann as pop idol/Jesus/tool of fascist oppression. Sort of a musical. Extremely odd and possibly has to be seen.

10. Little Malcolm and His Struggle Against the Eunuchs (1974)

109 min | Comedy, Drama

An art student is thrown out of college. Depressed, he comes up with the Party of Dynamic Erection, a near-fascist "party" that promotes male sexual dominance, and which attracts a couple of other unsavory confused characters.

Director: Stuart Cooper | Stars: John Hurt, John McEnery, David Warner, Rosalind Ayres

Votes: 166

Dated but entertaining - and occasionally troubling - film about the space where fear and rebellion intersect. John Hurt!

11. Sleepwalker (1984)

51 min | Horror

Rich couple Angela & Richard travel to the home of brother and sister Alex and Marion for dinner but end up clashing with their hosts over their different views. And when a destructive ... See full summary »

Director: Saxon Logan | Stars: Joanna David, Nickolas Grace, Heather Page, Bill Douglas

Votes: 273

Short but powerful British giallo-cum-political satire.

12. The Pleasure Girls (1965)

Not Rated | 88 min | Drama

A beautiful young girl arrives in London to pursue a modeling career, and finds herself caught up in the whole "swinging '60s" scene.

Director: Gerry O'Hara | Stars: Francesca Annis, Anneke Wills, Tony Tanner, Rosemary Nicols

Votes: 145

Mediocre tale with some nice-looking black and white photography, Ian McShane and Klaus Kinski. One of the very few BFI Flipside exploitation releases that has an even vaguely sensible moral compass.

13. Permissive (1970)

X | 90 min | Drama

Suzy arrives in London with nowhere to stay and meets Fiona, a group who has settled into a relationship with Lee, a singer/bassist in a rock band.

Director: Lindsay Shonteff | Stars: Maggie Stride, Gay Singleton, Gilbert Wynne, Alan Gorrie

Votes: 192

Spectacularly grubby groupie movie with actual band Forever More (had they read the script?). Its unmoved depiction of nihilism is preferable to the tedious moralising in some releases lower down the list, if not actually much fun.

14. All the Right Noises (1970)

PG | 92 min | Comedy, Drama

A married theatre lighting technician with two small children has an affair with a teenage actress.

Director: Gerry O'Hara | Stars: Olivia Hussey, Tom Bell, Judy Carne, John Standing

Votes: 218

Kitchen sink drama; feels like an extended Play For Today and is probably a bit exploitative, but also quite charming and Tom Bell is always worth watching.

15. Lunch Hour (1963)

64 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

A young designer and a married executive may be about to start an affair. A series of lunch hours play out the relationship.

Director: James Hill | Stars: Shirley Anne Field, Robert Stephens, Kay Walsh, Hazel Hughes

Votes: 162

Rum chamber piece that screams stage, the second half of which is essentially one long unfunny joke. But see it for the always delicious Robert Stephens and an almost unbelievably luminous Shirley Anne Field.

16. Requiem for a Village (1976)

68 min | Drama

The idyllic, rural past of a Suffolk village comes to life through the memories of an old man who tends a country graveyard, in this extraordinary, film directed by David Gladwell. Although... See full summary »

Director: David Gladwell | Star: Roger Burroughes

Votes: 122

Overrated pastoral fantasia with some interesting imagery but a fairly objectionable worldview.

17. Captured (1959)

64 min | Drama, War

Docudrama, made for Military Intelligence, about what it was like to be a British prisoner of the North Koreans in the 1950-1953 war.

Director: John Krish | Stars: Anthony Farrar-Hockley, Wilfrid Brambell, Ray Brooks, Alan Dobie

Votes: 91

British Army training film of largely historical interest only, although the acting is worth catching.

18. Nightbirds (1970)

X | 74 min | Drama

While living rough on the streets of London's East End, a young man, Dink encounters the mysterious Dee and they begin a relationship. When tenderness gives way to cruelty they become consumed by darkness.

Director: Andy Milligan | Stars: Julie Shaw, Berwick Kaler, Elaine Shore, Bill Clancy

Votes: 128

Stagey but affecting British New Wave drama, unbelievably directed by Andy Milligan, the 1970s Ed Wood.

19. Her Private Hell (1968)

84 min | Drama

A young Italian girl comes to London, and is tricked into posing nude for risqué magazines.

Director: Norman J. Warren | Stars: Lucia Modugno, Terence Skelton, Daniel Ollier, Pearl Catlin

Votes: 79

Tame exploitation drama (unless you find shoulder blades very arousing) with good acting but a lousy script.

20. Man of Violence (1970)

107 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

A mercenary joins forces with 2 crooked cops in an attempt to steal a fortune in gold bullion from a corrupt Arab country.

Director: Pete Walker | Stars: Michael Latimer, Luan Peters, Derek Aylward, Maurice Kaufmann

Votes: 160

Mod-gangster-thriller sounds amazing but is unfortunately a bit rubbish; directed by Pete Walker but does not include any elderly judges being chastised.

21. That Kind of Girl (1963)

Not Rated | 78 min | Drama

London is in full '60s swing in THAT KIND OF GIRL, a shamelessly entertaining exploitation film that revels in sexual titillation while moralizing about the dangers of STDs.

Director: Gerry O'Hara | Stars: Margaret Rose Keil, Linda Marlowe, David Weston, Peter Burton

Votes: 91

STD public information film pretending to drama for which very little can be said.

22. The Bed Sitting Room (1969)

R | 90 min | Comedy, Sci-Fi

Set in post-nuclear-holocaust England, where a handful of bizarre characters struggle on with their lives in the ruins, amongst endless heaps of ash, piles of broken crockery and brick, ... See full summary »

Director: Richard Lester | Stars: Rita Tushingham, Ralph Richardson, Peter Cook, Dudley Moore

Votes: 1,924

One joke carried to excruciating length.

23. Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush (1968)

Not Rated | 96 min | Comedy

This comedy / drama film follows the sexual exploits of teenager Jamie McGregor and the permissive society of the 60's.

Director: Clive Donner | Stars: Barry Evans, Judy Geeson, Angela Scoular, Sheila White

Votes: 585

Absolute trash, filmed in the resolutely unswinging Stevenage, and a horrible precursor of 70s British Confessions cinema.

24. Duffer (1972)

75 min | Drama

An intense and bizarre study of obsession that is by turns lyrical and disconcerting, Duffer tells the deranged story of a teenage boy torn between the womanly charms of a kindly prostitute... See full summary »

Directors: Joseph Despins, William Dumaresq | Stars: Kit Gleave, Erna May, William Dumaresq, Lisa Doran

Votes: 123

Art film made for two bob, unwatchable except for Thames Embankment enthusiasts.

25. Joanna (1968)

R | 108 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical

A provincial girl is entangled in the mod morality of London.

Director: Michael Sarne | Stars: Geneviève Waïte, Christian Doermer, Calvin Lockhart, Donald Sutherland

Votes: 331

Dismal rubbish from Mike Sarne, warming up for the even more dismal rubbish to come.

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