Radio On [Blu-ray]

Release Date: 17 May 2021 | Certificate: Suitable for 18 years and over
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Radio On (Blu-ray)
Directed by Chris Petit

Chris Petit's cult classic Radio On is one of the most striking feature debuts in British cinema - a haunting blend of edgy mystery story and existential road movie, crammed with eerie evocations of English landscape and weather.

Stunningly photographed in monochrome by Wim Wenders assistant cameraman Martin Schäfer, Radio On is driven by a startling new wave soundtrack featuring David Bowie, Kraftwerk, Lene Lovich, Ian Dury, Wreckless Eric, Robert Fripp and Devo, and reveals an early screen performance by Sting.

Following a young London DJ (David Beames) on the road to Bristol to investigate the mysterious death of his brother, Radio On offers a unique, compelling and even mythic version of a late 1970s England, stalled between failed hopes of cultural and social change and the imminent upheavals of Thatcherism.

Special Features

  • Newly restored by the BFI from the original camera negative
  • Interview with Chris Petit and producer Keith Griffiths (2008)
  • radio on (remix), (1998, 24 mins): a stunning digital video essay with radical disruption of the original soundtrack by Wire's Bruce Gilbert
  • Other extras TBC
  • **FIRST PRESSING ONLY** Illustrated booklet featuring a new essay by Jason Wood and archival essays by Geoffrey Nowell-Smith, John Patterson, Ian Penman, Chris Petit, Sukhdev Sandhu, Jason Wood and Rudy Wurlitzer
Release Date: 17 May 2021
Certificate: 18 - Suitable for 18 years and over. Not for sale to persons under age 18, by placing an order for this product you are declaring that you are 18 years or over.
SKU: BFIB1418