BFI Flipside is dedicated to rediscovering cult British films, reclaiming a space for forgotten British films and filmmakers who would otherwise be in danger of disappearing from our screens forever.
Discover a selection of British cinema from BFI Flipsides’ must-see lost classics in-store now.
Check out some of our favourites below.
That Sinking Feeling
Acclaimed director Bill Forsyth’s (Gregory’s Girl, Local Hero) hilarious directorial debut. Unemployed teenager Ronnie (Robert Buchanan, Gregory’s Girl) and his hapless pals spend their time hanging around the rainy parks and dingy cafes of Glasgow, but their world is about to change when Ronnie hatches a plan to make them all rich by stealing a job-lot of stainless steel sinks.
Hilarious and inventive, Forsyth’s zero budget debut provides an authentic depiction of 1970s Glasgow youth culture, and is presented here for the first time in a new HD transfer complete with the original Glaswegian dialogue track.
Through his devil-worshipping mother (Beryl Reid), Tom makes a pact with Satan to ascertain the secret of immortality. Using this information he encourages his fellow riders to end their lives, safe in the knowledge that they’ll soon return from the dead to invulnerably terrorise the locals.
Packed with gothic tropes, black humour and eccentric performances (including George Sander’s final screen role), Psychomania is a cult horror classic brimming with exciting action and fantastical mayhem.
A cult classic British film about late-fifties youth-rebellion set against an intoxicating Beatnik backdrop.
The film tells the story of Paul (David Farrar), a divorced architect who marries a Parisian named Nichole (Noëlle Adam), much to the displeasure of his teenage daughter Jennifer (Gillian Hills). In a bid to rebel Jennifer falls in with the London beatnik scene and a music-fuelled life of juvenile delinquency. Taking an immediate dislike to her stepmother Jenny goes out of her way to make life miserable for Nichole. When she discovers that Nichole is a friend of a stripper, she investigates and uses her stepmother’s sordid past to embarrass her father.
With an all-star cast including David Farrar (Black Narcissus, The Small Back Room,) Shirley Anne Field (Saturday Night and Sunday Morning, Peeping Tom), Christopher Lee (Lord of the Rings, Dracula) and a young Oliver Reed (Gladiator, Oliver!), the film is notable for its original music by composer John Barry, his first film commission, and the debut appearance of teen idol Adam Faith. Actress Gillian Hills went on to work with Antonioni (Blow Up) and Stanley Kubrick (A Clockwork Orange) and was the star of the cult television series The Owl Service.
Val Guest’s 1959 London-shot Brit Beat classic charts the fortunes of aspiring musician Bert Rudge (Cliff Richard).
Rudge stands little chance in the music business but is propelled to major stardom after being discovered in an expresso coffee shop by sleazy Soho agent Johnny (Laurence Harvey). In quick succession Rudge changes his name to Bongo Herbert, gets a record deal and strikes up a relationship with an ageing American singing sensation. As Johnny starts Herbert on the road to stardom, an unfair deal is cut which exploits the young singer and leads their relationship to turn sour.
This sharp satire on the music industry was originally a successful 1958 West End musical, adapted for the big screen the following year, and designed as a star vehicle for the young Cliff Richard and The Shadows.
Sleepwalker / The Insomniac
When wealthy couple Richard and Angela visit Marion and Alex in their decaying family home, an evening of drunkenness and sexual rivalry turns bloody as the guests fall victim to an unhinged attacker.
Featuring a rare performance from director Bill Douglas (Bill Douglas Trilogy, Comrades), and starring Joanna David and Heather Page (both of whom would go on to work with Douglas in Comrades), this outrageous mix of biting satire and stylish horror recalls the work of otherwise unlikely bedfellows, Lindsay Anderson and Dario Argento.
The stellar cast also includes Nickolas Grace, and features cameos by Fulton MacKay, Michael Medwin and Raymond Huntley.
Also includes the bonus film The Insomniac (Rodney Giesler, 1971, 45 mins): a man experiences a night-time world that is part nightmare, part sexual fantasy.
In this inventive and gripping drama, written by John Mortimer (Rumpole of the Bailey) and directed by James Hill (Black Beauty, Born Free), Shirley Anne Field (Saturday Night and Sunday Morning, Alfie) gives an unforgettable, fiery performance as a young designer on the brink of an affair with a married male executive (Robert Stephens – The Shout, Comrades).
With its tightly-focused plot, telling the story of an illicit rendezvous in real time, Lunch Hour is presented here in a stunning, digitally remastered transfer and is accompanied by a selection of James Hill’s colourful award-winning shorts.
Newly employed at a run-down London swimming baths, Mike (John Moulder-Brown) obsesses after his sassy and self-assured co-worker (Jane Asher) whilst collecting tips for the special services he is expected to perform for clients (including the superb Diana Dors).
Darkly comic and utterly compelling, this portrait of Britain in a era of uncertainty makes its long overdue return to the screen in a new digital restoration with extensive bonus features.
The Party’s Over
The original uncensored director’s cut of this controversial film is brought to DVD for the first time. Enigmatic young Melina (Louise Sorel) has fallen in with a group of Chelsea beatniks, catching the attention of the gang’s defiant leader Moise (Oliver Reed), but inviting scorn and jealousy from the group’s other members including Moise’s lover Libby (Ann Lynn). But wild and drunken partying has terrible consequences, and when Melina’s fiancee Carson (Clifford David) begins investigating, the shocking truth is revealed.
The Party’s Over, written by Marc Behm (Help!) and with music by John Barry (best-known for his Bond soundtracks), was directed by Guy Hamilton, the director behind the most famous early Bond films including Diamonds are Forever and Live and Let Die.
also available in-store
Partys Over £8
Pleasure Girls £8
Schalcken The Painter £8
Black Panther £5
Bronco Bullfrog £5
Here We Go Round The Mulberrybush £5
London In The Raw £5
Lunch Hour £5
Pleasure Girls £5
Primitive London £5
Schalcken The Painter £5
That Sinking Feeling £5
That Kind Of Girl £5
All The Right Noises £8
Bed Sitting Room £8
Black Panther £8
Bronco Bullfrog £8
Deep End £8
Duffer/Moon Over The Alley £8
Her Private Hell £8
Here We Go Round The Mulberrybush £8
Little Malcolm £8
London In The Raw £8
Man Of Violence £8
Primitive London £8
Private Road £8
Privilege: Flipside £8
Requiem For A Village £8
That Kind Of Girl £8
Voice Over £8
You’re Human Like The Rest Of Them £8