Hull has always had something of a disappointing to bad reputation.
I'm not sure why. I've known people from Hull and they're an immensely likeable lot and though I've only visited it once in my life I found it to be a much of a muchness harbour town, no better or worse than any other that fits such a description. Yet it's always been kept in the public eye as a city for whom the death knell sounded a long…
"Its the label that counts, not the contents"
The great thing about the BBC back in the day - and I speak as someone with several rejected scripts with 'thanks, but no thanks' notes from them under my belt - was that it gave unknown, untried talent a chance. The Play For Today strand may have boasted some stalwart, matured and respected names during its tenure but it also allowed for novices too and this film, Headmaster, came from the…
What an amazing film.
Firstly if you're a nerd for the aesthetics of film, you'll love it. The 70s setting, the Giallo references are all perfect that you don't think of it as a present day film set in the 70s, this could be a lost forgotten 70s film.
Secondly, if you're a nerd for the mechanics of film, the technology, you'll REALLY love it.
I belong in the former camp really but this film has really given…
Oh Wheatley you weird mad fucker. You're just not happy unless your audience is completely and utterly bemused are you? Just when you give us something we can all grasp easily and find palatable (albeit dark of course) in Sightseers, you go and throw up this one.
Imagine if Michael Reeves took an LSD trip when making The Witchfinder General. Think of Peter Watkins Culloden or Kevin Brownlow and Andrew Mollo's Winstanley on shrooms. Chuck in a liberal dose of…