An Unflinching Eye: The Films of Richard Woolley

Release Date: 26 July 2021 | Certificate: Suitable for 15 years and over
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An Unflinching Eye: The Films of Richard Woolley (4 x DVD set)
Directed by Richard Woolley

Between 1970 and 1988 Richard Woolley created a body of exciting and challenging work that has remained almost impossible to see until now.

Tackling controversial themes, such as class, race, sexuality and the human instinct for violence, Woolley directed a number of racial and uncompromising films, which explores 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.

This collection offers the long-overdue opportunity to experience first-hand the power of such extraordinary and unique films as: 1976's Illusive Crime which caused outrage upon its release; Telling Tales, the much acclaimed soap-meets-Straub debut feature from 1978; 1981’s controversial Brothers and Sisters, set against a backdrop of Yorkshire Ripper-style murders; and Woolley's final film, Girl from the South (1988) that views black Britons through the prism of an interracial relationship.


  • Audio commentary on Brothers and Sisters and Telling Tales: never-before-released audio commentaries by director Richard Woolley
  • Kniephofstrasse (1973, 24 mins): complex but compelling formalist film, which investigates the relationship between sound and image
  • Drinnen und Draussen / Inside and Outside (1974, 34 mins): experimental narrative film exploring conformity in East and West Germany
  • Waiting for Alan (1984, 42 mins): unconventional, minutely observed domestic drama centred on the ritualised boredom of a middle-class housewife
  • Video interviews with Richard Woolley (79 mins total): spilt over 4 discs, Richard Woolley discusses his career and films
  • Optional English hard-of-hearing subtitles on all four features
  • Booklet featuring an essay by Anthony Nield and Richard Woolley's article 'Writer as Director: a case study - Brothers and Sisters', published in the Screenwriters Research Network's Journal of Screenwriting in 2015
Release Date: 26 July 2021
Certificate: 15 - Suitable for Persons Aged 15 or Over

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