BFI Flipside presents: Deep End
A film by Jerzy Skolimowski with Jane Asher, John Moulder-Brown, Diana Dors
After a critically acclaimed revival in cinemas in May, one of the greatest and most overlooked films of the 1970s finally makes its way onto DVD & Blu-ray (in a Dual Format Edition) as part of the BFI’s celebrated Flipside strand. Digitally remastered to HD, this long-awaited release includes a feature-length documentary containing recent interviews with stars Asher and Moulder-Brown as well as director Skolimowski, and a rare Jane Asher short film from 1977.
Unseen for decades, and yet considered to be one of the finest films directed by Polish filmmaker Jerzy Skolimowski (Essential Killing, Moonlighting), Deep End is an original, off-beat portrait of adolescent obsession set against a backdrop of London life in an era of uncertainty and changing sexual mores, starring Jane Asher, John Moulder-Brown and Diana Dors, with a soundtrack by Cat Stevens and legendary ‘Krautrock’ band Can.
The Swinging Sixties are over and the long, grey morning after has only just begun, but there are still eye-opening new experiences in store for naïve teenager Mike (John Moulder-Brown) when he takes a job at a rundown swimming baths. After one of its more mature visitors (Diana Dors, in a superb cameo) attempts to take advantage, Mike develops an increasingly obsessive interest in sassy, spoken-for co-worker Susan (Jane Asher). Giddily, he follows her into the grimy underbelly of Soho for a long dark night of the soul. Will Mike sabotage Susan’s relationship with her fiancé and convince her to go with him instead?
*Presented in both High Definition and Standard Definition
*Starting Out: The Making of Jerzy Skolimowski’s Deep End (2010, 74 mins): a comprehensive new feature-length documentary
*Deep End: The Deleted Scenes (2010, 12 mins): short documentary exploring the scenes that never made the grade
*Original theatrical trailer
*Careless Love (Francine Winham, 1977, 10 mins): rare and disturbing short film in which a woman (Jane Asher) takes drastic action to keep the affections of the man she loves
*Illustrated booklet featuring new essays by David Thompson, Yvonne Tasker, and Skolimowski expert Ewa Mazierska