Between 1970 and 1988, British filmmaker Richard Woolley created a body of exciting and challenging work, variously seen in cinemas, on television and in international film festivals, but almost impossible to see since.
Seven of these films have been collected together and will be released by the BFI in a four-disc DVD box set titled An Unflinching Eye on 28 March.
Tackling controversial themes such as class, race, sexuality and the human instinct for violence, Woolley directed a number of radical and uncompromising films, which explore the ways we relate to, and ultimately destroy one another, even as we strive to develop the means to better understand and communicate with those around us.
Amongst the collection is Illusive Crime (1976), an uncompromising drama in which a violent sexual act is committed, which caused much controversy on its release. The best-known is 1981′s critically-acclaimed Brothers and Sisters. Starring Caroline Pickles, it is set against a backdrop of Yorkshire Ripper-style murders and is a provocative investigation of sexual violence. The last film is Girl from the South (1988) which views black Britons through the prism of an interracial relationship.