February 22, 2017

Lunch Hour (1962) and Joanna (1968) from BFI Flipside

New from the BFI Flipside Collection
Dual Format Edition releases on 25 April 2011
Lunch Hour (1962) and Joanna (1968)

The BFI’s Flipside label continues on its mission to expose the hidden history of British cinema, presenting two rare and little seen films – both exploring changing attitudes towards sex and gender equality in 1960s Britain – for the first time on DVD and Blu-ray.

Released on 25 April, James Hill’s intimate two-hander, Lunch Hour (1962), stars Shirley Anne Field and Robert Stephens as a couple embarking on an illicit affair, while Mike Sarne’s freewheeling Joanna (1968) – often described as ‘the female Alfie’ – stars Genevieve Waite as a carefree modern girl out to have fun. Available in collectable Dual Format Editions (containing both DVD & Blu-ray discs), these world premiere releases also include rare film shorts, mastered from elements preserved in the BFI National Archive, and come with illustrated booklets containing new essays and original promotional materials.

Lunch Hour
Shirley Anne Field (Saturday Night and Sunday Morning) gives an unforgettable, fiery performance as a young designer on the brink of an affair with a married male executive (Robert Stephens) at the company where she works, in a film based on the play by John Mortimer. With a tightly-focused plot telling the story of an illicit lunch-hour rendezvous in ‘real-time’, this is a stylish and highly-charged story of subterfuge, simmering tensions and sexual conflict.

Also included are director James Hill’s delightful colour BP shorts. Much-loved by audiences, these appealing films have been rewarded with new-found appreciation amongst aficionados of so-called ‘Trade Test Transmissions’, and have never been previously released in any format.

17-year-old Joanna is cool, stylish, and determined to start a new life as an art student in Swinging Sixties London. Played with gusto by Genevieve Waite, Joanna indulges in the pleasures of casual sexual encounters, colourful daydreams and an impromptu trip to Morocco with the wise and debonair Lord Peter Sanderson (wonderfully played by Donald Sutherland). But when Joanna falls in love with Gordon (Calvin Lockhart), from Sierra Leone, her life begins to get complicated.

Director Mike Sarne began acting in the early 1960s and shot to fame when his 1962 debut single, ‘Come Outside’, went to No. 1. He turned to writing and directing in 1966 and, after Joanna, went on to direct the controversial sex change drama Myra Breckinridge (1970). This release also includes Sarne’s rarely-seen Road to Saint Tropez (1966), featuring Udo Kier in his first screen role, and the little-known Death May Be Your Santa Claus (1968) directed by Frankie Dymon Junior, who appeared as a Black Power militant in Godard’s Sympathy for the Devil, and went on to release the ultra-rare psychedelic album ‘Let It Out’ in 1971.

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