Britain’s greatest films to re-release


MUMBAI: The UK Film Council and BBC Two are teaming up to bring seven of Britain’s greatest films back to the big screen this summer as new digital presentations.


These films will be screened all across the country from 31 July to 11 September, 2007 as part of the “The Summer of British Film” season.


The seven British films will be released via the UK Film Council’s recently launched Digital Screen Network (DSN), in association with distributors Optimum Releasing and Park Circus. The high-quality digital prints of the restored films will mark the widest nationwide showing of these films since their original cinematic release.


BBC Two’s “The Summer Of British Film” is a television event celebrating the heritage of British films and has at its centrepiece British Film Forever a seven-part primetime series. The series examines British film by genre: thriller, romance, social realism, costume drama, horror/fantasy, war and comedy, and features over 200 exclusive interviews. Each week a classic British film from the genre will be screened, each Tuesday, in 136 cinemas nationwide for seven weeks.


The featured titles are: Goldfinger, Brief Encounter, Billy Liar, Henry V (1944), The Wicker Man (1973), The Dam Busters and Withnail and I.