ABOUT

As the 1960s beckoned, a new mood swept through Britain. With anger mounting at an out-of-touch establishment, the era was reflected on screen by the rise of Woodfall Films.

Founded in 1958 by director Tony Richardson, writer John Osborne and producer Harry Saltzman, the company pioneered the British New Wave, defining an incendiary brand of social realism. In films like Look Back in Anger, Saturday Night and Sunday Morning and Kes working-class life was spotlit with unheard-of honesty.

The same risk-taking spirit led the company to find a new generation of brilliant young actors to star in their films, including Albert Finney, Tom Courtenay and Rita Tushingham. Films like Tom Jones then expanded the Woodfall slate in an irreverent, colourful direction that helped define swinging London, as the company did again with the genre defining Hotel New Hampshire – further securing their place in the history of British film.

Founders

Woodfall’s founders and collaborators were among the original angry young men who were hellbent on revolutionising the conservative and comfortable arts scene.  Together they establised a brave new face for British cinema.

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TONY RICHARDSON

Born above his father’s chemist shop in a Yorkshire industrial town, Cecil Antonio Richardson within four decades became world famous as a director of both plays and films. Although now best known for his work in the latter medium, for which he won two Oscars as producer and director of Best Picture laureate Tom Jones (1963), Richardson was a true polymath who achieved ground-breaking success in theatre and television in the 1950s and 1960s, and who continued to contribute with distinction across all three fronts until his untimely death aged 63.

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HARRY SALTZMAN

Tony Richardson affectionately dubbed his Woodfall partner Harry Saltzman “a huckster, a sublime huckster.” The Canadian-American impresario is fondly remembered by all who knew him as a truly larger-than-life character, the walking, talking epitome of the showbiz wheeler-dealer, forever on the lookout for the main chance.

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JOHN OSBORNE

For a full decade from the mid-fifties to the mid-sixties, John Osborne was—thanks to Look Back In Anger, The Entertainer, Luther, Inadmissible Evidence and A Patriot For Me—unquestionably the most important dramatist in Britain. He wrote films, too. In April 1964 he picked up an the Academy Award for his adaptation of Joseph Fielding’s 18th century novel Tom Jones, the Woodfall production which also won the Oscar for Best Picture. The following month Luther was named Best Play at the Tony awards in New York, cementing Osborne’s status as a truly international eminence, one whose radical voice had revitalised theatre and cinema alike.

Awards

Between 1959 and 1976, Woodfall Films was nominated by 19 awards panels for 126 awards, and won 58 of them.

OSCARS

ACADEMY AWARDS
11 NOMINATIONS
4 WINS

 

BAFTAS

BAFTA AWARDS
49 NOMINATIONS
12 WINS

 

CANNES

FESTIVAL DE CANNES
6 NOMINATIONS
4 WINS

GOLDENGLOBES

GOLDEN GLOBE AWARDS
14 NOMINATIONS
4 WINS

NATIONALREVIEW

NATIONAL BOARD OF REVIEW
10 NOMINATIONS
10 WINS

“TONY RICHARDSON WAS THE FIRST TO SHOW ENGLAND AS IT WAS, FROM TOP TO BOTTOM”

VANESSA REDGRAVE

Timeline

1958 | 1959
1960 | 1961 | 1962 | 1963 | 1964 | 1965 | 1966 | 1967 | 1968 | 1969
1970 | 1971 | 1972 | 1973 | 1974 | 1975 | 1976 | 1977
1984

WOODFALL FILMS

1958

Woodfall Films formed, London.

Current Affairs

1958

  • European Economic Community formed.
  • UK’s first motorway, the M6, opens.
  • Munich airport crash kills 23, including several Manchester United players and staff.

CINEMATIC CONTEXT

1958

UK
Carry On Sergeant (Gerald Thomas)
Carve Her Name With Pride (Lewis Gilbert)

Dracula (Terence Fisher)
Dunkirk (Leslie Norman)

Free Radicals (Len Lye)

The Horse’s Mouth (Ronald Neame)

Ice Cold in Alex (J. Lee Thompson)

A Night To Remember (Roy Ward Baker)
Orders To Kill (Anthony Asquith)

The Trollenberg Terror (Quentin Lawrence)


International

Ashes and Diamonds (Wajda), Le beau Serge (Chabrol), The Big Country (Wyler), Big Deal on Madonna Street (Monicelli), Bonjour Tristesse (Preminger), Cairo Station (Chahine), The Defiant Ones (Kramer), Equinox Flower (Ozu), Gigi (Minnelli), The Hidden Fortress (Kurosawa), Lift to the Scaffold (Malle), The Magician (Bergman); Moi, un Noir (Rouch); Mon Oncle (Tati), A Movie (Conner), The Music Room (S.Ray), Some Came Running (Minnelli), The Tarnished Angels (Sirk), Touch of Evil (Welles), Vertigo (Hitchcock)

WOODFALL FILMS

1959

Premiere: Look Back In Anger.





Current Affairs

1959

  • Alaska and Hawaii join USA.
  • 
Communist revolution in Cuba sees Fidel Castro become head of state.

  • UK election won by Conservatives, under Prime Minister (PM) Harold McMillan.


Cinematic Context

1959

UK

Carry On Nurse (Gerald Thomas)

Expresso Bongo (Val Guest)

I’m All Right Jack (John Boulting)

March to Aldermaston (Lindsay Anderson, Karel Reisz)

The Mouse That Roared (Jack Arnold)

Our Man In Havana (Carol Reed)

Room at the Top (Jack Clayton)

The Running Jumping & Standing Still Film (Richard Lester, Peter Sellers)

Sapphire (Basil Dearden)

We Are the Lambeth Boys (Karel Reisz)



International

Apu’s World (S.Ray), Ben-Hur (Wyler), Black Orpheus (Camus), The Cousins, Floating Weeds (Ozu), The 400 Blows (Truffaut), Hiroshima mon amour (Resnais), Imitation of Life (Sirk), Kaagaz Ke Phool (Dutt), Nazarin (Buñuel), North by Northwest (Hitchcock), Pickpocket (Bresson), Pull My Daisy (Frank, Leslie), Ride Lonesome (Budd Boetticher), Rio Bravo (Hawks), Shadows (Cassavetes), Sleeping Beauty (Geronimi), Some Like It Hot (Wilder), Suddenly Last Summer (Mankiewicz), Window Water Baby Moving (Brakhage)

WOODFALL FILMS

1960

Premieres: The Entertainer and Saturday Night and Sunday Morning.

Current Affairs

1960

  • John F Kennedy elected US president.
  • Coronation Street begins on ITV.
  • Lady Chatterley’s Lover is tried for obscenity in London.

CINEMATIC CONTEXT

1960

UK
The Angry Silence (Guy Green)
The Criminal (Joseph Losey)
Hell Is A City (Val Guest)
The League of Gentlemen (Basil Dearden)
Never Let Go (John Guillermin)
Peeping Tom (Michael Powell)
Sons and Lovers (Jack Cardiff)
The Sundowners (Fred Zinnemann)
The Trials of Oscar Wilde (Ken Hughes)
Tunes of Glory (Ronald Neame)

International

The Apartment (Wilder), Arnulf Rainer (Kubelka), L’Avventura (Antonioni), Breathless (Godard), Classe tous risques (Sautet), The Cloud-Capped Star (Ghatak), La Dolce Vita (Fellini), Eyes Without a Face (Franju), The Flower Thief (Rice), The Housemaid (Kim), Late Autumn (Ozu), Mughal-e-Azam (Asif), Primary (Drew), Psycho (Hitchcock), Purple Noon (Clair), Rocco and His Brothers (Visconti), Spartacus (Kubrick), 3/60 Trees in Autumn (Kren), The Virgin Spring (Bergman), When a Woman Ascends the Stairs (Naruse)

WOODFALL FILMS

1961

Premiere: A Taste of Honey.

Saturday Night and Sunday Morning wins three BAFTAs including Best British Film.

Current Affairs

1961

  • Berlin Wall is completed.
  • Yuri Gagarin becomes the first man in space.
  • Bay of Pigs invasion in Cuba.

CINEMATIC CONTEXT

1961

UK
The Autumn Feast (Piero Heliczer, Jeff Keen)
The Day the Earth Caught Fire (Val Guest)
The Guns of Navarone (J Lee Thompson)
The Innocents (Jack Clayton)
Murder, She Said (George Pollock)
Never Let Go (John Guillermin)
The Rebel (Robert Day)
Victim (Basil Dearden)
What A Carve Up! (Pat Jackson)
Whistle Down the Wind (Bryan Forbes)

International

Accattone (Pasolini), Breakfast At Tiffany’s (Edwards), Chronicle of a Summer (Rouch), The Connection (Clarke), The End of Summer (Ozu), The Hustler (Rossen), Judgment at Nuremberg (Kramer), Last Year At Marienbad (Resnais), Leon Morin, Priest (Melville), Lola (Demy), The Misfits (Huston), La Notte (Antonioni), One Hundred and One Dalmatians (Geronimi, Luske, Reitherman), Paris Belongs to Us (Rivette), Through a Glass Darkly (Bergman), Two Rode Together (Ford), Viridiana (Buñuel), West Side Story (Wise), A Woman is a Woman (Godard), Yojimbo (Kurosawa)

WOODFALL FILMS

1962

Premiere: The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner.

A Taste of Honey wins four BAFTAs plus Best Actor and Best Actress at Cannes.

Current Affairs

1962

  • Cuban Missile crisis.
  • Algerian War ends.
  • Pioneering communications satellite Telstar is launched.

CINEMATIC CONTEXT

1962

UK
Billy Budd (Peter Ustinov)
The Damned (Joseph Losey)
The Day of the Triffids (Steve Sekely)
Dr No (Terence Young)
A Kind of Loving (John Schlesinger)
Lawrence of Arabia (David Lean)
Lolita (Stanley Kubrick)
The L-Shaped Room (Bryan Forbes)
Speak (John Latham)
Tomorrow’s Saturday (Michael Grigsby)

International

An Autumn Afternoon (Ozu), Cleo From 5 to 7 (Varda), L’Eclisse (Antonioni), The Exterminating Angel (Buñuel), Ivan’s Childhood (Tarkovsky), La Jetée (Marker), Jules and Jim (Truffaut), Knife in the Water (Polanski), The Longest Day (Annakin, Martin, Wicki), Mamma Roma (Pasolini), The Manchurian Candidate (Frankenheimer), The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (Ford), The Miracle Worker (Penn), Mondo Cane (Cavara, Jacopetti, Prosperi), My Life to Live (Godard), To Kill A Mockingbird (Mulligan), The Trial (Welles), The Trial of Joan of Arc (Bresson), What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (Aldrich), Winter Light (Bergman)

WOODFALL FILMS

1963

Premiere: Tom Jones.

The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner wins BAFTA (Most Promising Newcomer to Leading Film Roles).

A Taste of Honey wins Golden Globe (Most Promising Newcomer [Female]).

Current Affairs

1963

  • John F Kennedy assassinated.
  • Beatles’ debut LP released.
  • UK PM Harold McMillan resigns in wake of the Profumo affair, is replaced by Alec Douglas-Hume.

CINEMATIC CONTEXT

1963

UK
Billy Liar (John Schlesinger)
From Russia With Love (Terence Young)
The Haunting (Robert Wise)
Lord of the Flies (Peter Brook)
Sammy Going South (Alexander Mackendrick)
The Servant (Joseph Losey)
Snow (Geoffrey Jones)
Sparrows Can’t Sing (Joan Greenwood)
This Sporting Life (Lindsay Anderson)
Towers Open Fire (Anthony Balch)

International

An Actor’s Revenge (Ichikawa), The Birds (Hitchcock), Borom Sarret (Sembène), Cleopatra (Mankiewicz), Contempt (Godard), 8 1/2 (Fellini), Flaming Creatures (J.Smith), Hands Over the City (Rosi), High and Low (Kurosawa), The House Is Black (Farrokhzad), Hud (Ritt), It’s a Mad Mad Mad Mad World (Kramer), The Leopard (Visconti), Little Stabs at Happiness (Jacobs), Mothlight (Brakhage), Muriel (Resnais), Passenger (Munk), Scorpio Rising (Anger), Shock Corridor (Fuller), The Silence (Bergman)

WOODFALL FILMS

1964

Premiere: Girl with Green Eyes.

Tom Jones wins four Oscars (including Best Picture) and three BAFTAs (including Best Film).

Current Affairs

1964

  • The Beatles appear on American TV.
  • Lyndon B Johnson wins US presidential election.
  • Nikita Khruschev is replaced as Soviet leader by Leonid Brezhnev.

CINEMATIC CONTEXT

1964

UK
Becket (Peter Glenville)
Culloden (Peter Watkins)
Dr Strangelove (Stanley Kubrick)
Goldfinger (Guy Hamilton)
A Hard Day’s Night (Richard Lester)
The Leather Boys (Sidney J Furie)
The Masque of the Red Death (Roger Corman)
Séance on a Wet Afternoon (Bryan Forbes)
Zorba the Greek (Michael Cacoyannis)
Zulu (Cy Endfield)

International

Before the Revolution (Bertolucci); Black God, White Devil (Rocha); Charulata (S.Ray), Diamonds of the Night (Němec), The Diary of a Chambermaid (Buñuel), Dog Star Man (Brakhage), Empire (Warhol), Far From Vietnam (Godard, Klein, Lelouch, Marker, Resnais, Varda), A Fistful of Dollars (Leone), Gertrud (Dreyer), The Gospel According to St Matthew (Pasolini), I Am Cuba (Kalatozov), Kwaidan (Kobayashi), Marnie (Hitchcock), Mary Poppins (Stevenson), My Fair Lady (Cukor), Point of Order (de Antonio), The Red Desert (Antonioni), The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (Demy), Woman in the Dunes (Teshigahara)

WOODFALL FILMS

1965

Premieres: One Way Pendulum and The Knack… and How to Get It.

The Knack… and How to Get It wins the top prize (Grand Prix du Jury) at the Cannes Film Festival.

Girl with Green Eyes wins Golden Globe (Best English-Language Foreign Film).

Current Affairs

1965

  • Winston Churchill dies.
  • Assassination of Malcolm X.
  • Martin Luther King leads civil rights march from Selma to Montgomery.

CINEMATIC CONTEXT

1965

UK
Catch Us If You Can (John Boorman)
Darling (John Schlesinger)
Dr Zhivago (David Lean)
The Hill (Sidney Lumet)
The Ipcress File (Sidney J Furie)
Repulsion (Roman Polanski)
The Spy Who Came In From the Cold (Martin Ritt)
Thunderball (Terence Young)
The War Game (Peter Watkins)
Wholly Communion (Peter Whitehead)

International

Alphaville (Godard), The Battle of Algiers (Pontecorvo), Chimes at Midnight (Welles), The Dot and the Line (Jones, Noble), Fists in the Pocket (Bellocchio), The Flight of the Phoenix (Aldrich), Guide (Anand), Intimate Lighting (Passer), Juliet of the Spirits (Fellini), Kustom Kar Kommandos (Anger), Loves of a Blonde (Forman), Not Reconciled (Huillet, Straub), Pierrot le Fou (Godard), The Saragossa Manuscript (Has), Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors (Paradjanov), Shakespeare Wallah (Ivory), Ship of Fools (Kramer), The Shop on Main Street (Kadár, Klos), Simon of the Desert (Buñuel), The Sound of Music (Wise)

WOODFALL FILMS

1966

Premiere: Mademoiselle.

Current Affairs

1966

  • Cultural Revolution is launched in China.
  • Labour Party wins UK election; Harold Wilson becomes Prime Minister.
  • England win the football World Cup.

CINEMATIC CONTEXT

1966

UK
Alfie (Lewis Gilbert)
Blow-Up (Michelangelo Antonioni)
Born Free (James Hill)
Charlie Is My Darling
(Peter Whitehead)
Cul-de-sac (Roman Polanski)
The Deadly Affair (Sidney Lumet)
Fahrenheit 451 (François Truffaut)
Morgan: A Suitable Case for Treatment
(Karel Reisz) Georgy Girl (Silvio Narizzano)
A Man for All Seasons (Fred Zinnemann)

International

Andrei Rublev (Tarkovsky), Au hasard Balthazar (Bresson), Black Girl (Sembène), Chelsea Girls (Morrissey, Warhol), Closely Watched Trains (Menzel), Come Drink With Me (Hu), Daisies (Chytilová), El Dorado (Hawks); Film in Which There Appear Edge Lettering, Sprocket Holes, Dirt Particles, Etc. (Landow); The Flicker (Conrad); The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (Leone); The Hawks and the Sparrows (Pasolini), Masculine Feminine (Godard), The Nun (Rivette), Persona (Godard), The Round-Up (Jancsó), Schmeerguntz (Nelson, Wiley), Tokyo Drifter (Suzuki), Violence At Noon (Oshima), Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (Nichols)

WOODFALL FILMS

1967

Premiere: The Sailor from Gibraltar and The White Bus.

Current Affairs

1967

  • World’s first heart transplant is performed in South Africa.
  • Six-Day-War between Israel and Egypt / Jordan / Syria.
  • UK legalises abortion and homosexuality.

CINEMATIC CONTEXT

1967

UK
Accident (Joseph Losey)
Charlie Bubbles (Albert Finney)
Far From the Madding Crowd (John Schlesinger)
Herostratus (Don Levy)
The London Nobody Knows (Norman Cohen)
The Plank (Eric Sykes)
Poor Cow (Ken Loach)
Privilege (Peter Watkins)
Quatermass and the Pit (Roy Ward Baker)
Tonite Let’s All Make Love In London (Peter Whitehead)
You Only Live Twice (Lewis Gilbert)

International

Belle de Jour (Buñuel), Bonnie and Clyde (Penn), Branded To Kill (Suzuki), The Chronicle of Anna Magdalena Bach (Huillet, Straub), David Holzman’s Diary (Carson), Dont Look Back (Pennebaker), The Fireman’s Ball (Forman), The Graduate (Nichols), I Even Met Happy Gypsies (Petrović), The Jungle Book (Reitherman), Mouchette (Bresson), Play Time (Tati), Point Blank (Boorman), Portrait of Jason (Clarke), The Red and the White (Jancsó), Le Samouraï (Melville), Soleil O (Hondo), Titicut Follies (Wiseman), Wavelength (Snow), Weekend (Godard)

WOODFALL FILMS

1968

Premieres: The Charge of the Light Brigade and Inadmissible Evidence.

Mademoiselle wins BAFTA (Best Costumes: black-and-white British films).

CURRENT AFFAIRS

1968

  • ‘Evenements’ and protests rock Paris and many cities around the world.
    Prague Spring.
  • Martin Luther King and Robert F Kennedy assassinated.
  • US presidential election won by Richard Nixon.

CINEMATIC CONTEXT

1968

UK
The Bofors Gun (Jack Gold)
Carry On Up the Khyber (Gerald Thomas)
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (Ken Hughes)
The Devil Rides Out (Terence Fisher)
If…. (Lindsay Anderson)
Oliver! (Carol Reed)
Up the Junction (Peter Collinson)
Where Eagles Dare (Brian G Hutton)
Witchfinder General (Michael Reeves)
Yellow Submarine (George Dunning)

International

Artists Under the Big Top: Perplexed (Kluge), The Colour of Pomegranates (Paradjanov), Death By Hanging (Oshima), Faces (Cassavetes), The Great Silence (Corbucci), High School (Wiseman), The Hour of the Furnaces (Getino, Solanas), Hour of the Wolf (Bergman), Memories of Underdevelopment (Gutiérrez Alea), Night of the Living Dead (Romero), Once Upon a Time in the West (Leone), Pas de deux (McLaren), Planet of the Apes (Schaffner), Powers of Ten (Eames, Eames), Rosemary’s Baby (Polanski), Shame (Bergman), Stolen Kisses (Truffaut), Targets (Bogdanovich), Theorem (Pasolini), 2001: A Space Odyssey (Kubrick)

WOODFALL FILMS

1969

Premieres: Laughter in the Dark, Kes and Hamlet.

The Charge of the Light Brigade wins BAFTA (Anthony Asquith Award for Film Music).

CURRENT AFFAIRS

1969

  • Apollo mission puts first men on the moon.
  • UK troops enter Northern Ireland.
  • Woodstock music festival.

CINEMATIC CONTEXT

1969

UK
Anne of the Thousand Days (Charles Jarrott)
Bronco Bullfrog (Barney Platts-Mills)
The Fall (Peter Whitehead)
The Italian Job (Peter Collinson)
Mare’s Tail (David Larcher)
On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (Peter R Hunt)
The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (Ronald Neame)
The Reckoning (Jack Gold) Ring of Bright Water (Jack Couffer)
Women In Love (Ken Russell)

International

Antonio das Mortes (Rocha), Army of Shadows (Melville), Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (Hill), The Butcher (Chabrol), The Cremator (Herz), Dillinger Is Dead (Ferreri), Easy Rider (Hopper), Funeral Parade of Roses (Matsumoto); Goto, Isle of Love (Borowczyk); Ice (Kramer), Le Gai Savoir (Godard), Love Is Colder than Death (Fassbinder), Medium Cool (Wexler), Midnight Cowboy (Schlesinger), My Night With Maud (Rohmer), Salesman (Maysles, Maysles, Zwerin), The Sorrow and the Pity (Ophüls) The Wild Bunch (Peckinpah), The Winter (Li), Z (Costa-Gavras)

CURRENT AFFAIRS

1970

  • Bhola cyclone kills 500,000 in Ganges delta.
  • Conservatives under Edward Heath win UK general election.
  • The Beatles split up.

CINEMATIC CONTEXT

1970

UK
Cromwell (Ken Hughes)
Deep End (Jerzy Skolimowski)
The Go-Between (Joseph Losey)
Leo the Last (John Boorman) The Music Lovers (Ken Russell)
One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich (Caspar Wrede)
Performance (Donald Cammell, Nicolas Roeg)
The Railway Children (Lionel Jeffries)
Ryan’s Daughter (David Lean)
Wuthering Heights (Robert Fuest)

International

Claire’s Knee (Rohmer), The Conformist (Bertolucci), Days and Nights in the Forest (S.Ray), The Garden of the Finzi-Continis (de Sica), Love Story (Hiller), MASH (Altman), Out 1 (Rivette), Patton (Schaffner), The Red Circle (Melville), Serene Velocity (Gehr), Taking Tiger Mountain By Strategy (Xie), El Topo (Jodorowsky), Tristana (Buñuel), Valerie and Her Week of Wonders (Jireš), Walden (Mekas), Wanda (Loden), The Wild Child (Truffaut), Woodstock (Wadleigh), Zabriskie Point (Antonioni), Zorn’s Lemma (Frampton)

WOODFALL FILMS

1971

Kes wins two BAFTAs (Best Supporting Actor and Most Promising Newcomer to Leading Film Roles).

CURRENT AFFAIRS

1971

  • Invention of the microprocessor heralds start of the digital age.
  • Military coup in Uganda;
  • Idi Amin becomes president.
  • UK adopts decimal currency.

CINEMATIC CONTEXT

1971

UK
Bleak Moments (Mike Leigh)
A Clockwork Orange (Stanley Kubrick)
The Devils (Ken Russell)
Family Life (Ken Loach)
Get Carter (Mike Hodges)
Macbeth (Roman Polanski)
The Moon and the Sledgehammer (Philip Trevelyan)
Straw Dogs (Sam Peckinpah)
10 Rillington Place (Richard Fleischer)
Walkabout (Nicolas Roeg)

International

The Act of Seeing With Your Own Eyes (Brakhage), Anand (Mukherjee), Beware of a Holy Whore (Fassbinder), Death In Venice (Visconti), Dirty Harry (Siegel), The Emigrants (Troell), The French Connection (Friedkin), Harold and Maude (Ashby), Klute (Pakula), The Last Picture Show (Bogdanovich), McCabe and Mrs Miller (Altman), (nostalgia) (Frampton), Punishment Park (Watkins), La Région Centrale (Snow), Shaft (Parks), Throw Away Your Books, Rally in the Streets (Terayama), A Touch of Zen (Hu), Two Lane Blacktop (Hellman), Wake In Fright (Kotcheff), WR: Mysteries of the Organism (Makavejev)

CURRENT AFFAIRS

1972

  • Israeli athletes assassinated during siege at Munich Olympics.
  • US President Nixon visits China and is re-elected.
  • Bloody Sunday, Belfast.

CINEMATIC CONTEXT

1972

UK
The Boy Who Turned Yellow (Michael Powell)
Death Line (Gary Sherman)
Dyn Amo (Stephen Dwoskin)
Frenzy (Alfred Hitchcock)
Images (Robert Altman)
My Childhood (Bill Douglas)
Pan Film (Gill Eatherley)
The Ruling Class (Peter Medak)
Savage Messiah (Ken Russell)
Sleuth (Joseph L Mankiewicz)

International

Aguirre, the Wrath of God (Herzog), The Bitter Tears of Petra Von Kant (Fassbinder), Cabaret (Fosse), Cries and Whispers (Bergman), Deliverance (Boorman), The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoise (Buñuel), The Godfather (Coppola), History Lessons (Huillet, Straub), The Inner Scar (Garrel), L.A. Plays Itself (Halsted), Last Tango in Paris (Bertolucci), Letter To Jane (Godard, Gorin), The Mattei Affair (Rosi), The Merchant of Four Seasons (Fassbinder), Pink Flamingos (Waters), Red Psalm (Jancsó), Roma (Fellini), Solaris (Tarkovsky), The Sparrow (Chahine), Tout va bien (Godard, Gorin)

CURRENT AFFAIRS

1973

  • UK joins European Economic Community.
  • Global oil crisis.
  • Roe v Wade ruling legalises abortion in USA.

CINEMATIC CONTEXT

1973

UK
The Day of the Jackal (Fred Zinnemann)
Don’t Look Now (Nicolas Roeg)
The Final Programme (Robert Fuest)
The Hireling (Alan Bridges)
Horror Hospital (Antony Balch)
The Lacey Rituals (Bruce Lacey, Jill Bruce, Tiffany Lacey, Saffron Lacey, Fred Lacey, Kevin Lacey)
My Ain Folk (Bill Douglas)
O Lucky Man! (Lindsay Anderson)
The Three Musketeers (Richard Lester)
The Wicker Man (Robin Hardy)

International

Amarcord (Fellini), American Graffiti (Lucas), Badlands (Malick), Coup d’état (Yoshida), Day For Night (Truffaut), Enter the Dragon (Clouse), The Exorcist (Friedkin), F For Fake (Welles), The Holy Mountain (Jodorowsky), The Long Goodbye (Altman), Mean Streets (Scorsese), Moses and Aron (Huillet, Straub), The Mother and the Whore (Eustache), Scenes From a Marriage (Bergman), The Society of the Spectacle (Debord), The Spirit of the Beehive (Erice), The Sting (Hill), Themroc (Faraldo), Touki Bouki (Diop Mambéty), Turkish Delight (Verhoeven)

WOODFALL FILMS

1974

Premiere: Dead Cert.

CURRENT AFFAIRS

1974

  • Two general elections in UK, with Labour party under Harold Wilson winning both.
  • US President Nixon resigns amidst Watergate revelations, is replaced by Gerald Ford.
  • Carnation Revolution in Portugal.

CINEMATIC CONTEXT

1974

UK
Akenfield (Peter Hall)
A Bigger Splash (Jack Hazan)
The Four Musketeers (Richard Lester)
House of Whipcord (Pete Walker)
Juggernaut (Richard Lester)
Launch (Amber Films)
The Man with the Golden Gun (Guy Hamilton)
Murder on the Orient Express (Sidney Lumet)
Penthesilia, Queen of the Amazons (Laura Mulvey, Peter Wollen)
Zardoz (John Boorman)

International

Ali: Fear Eats the Soul (Fassbinder), Blazing Saddles (Brooks), Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia (Peckinpah), Celine and Julie Go Boating (Rivette), Chinatown (Polanski), The Conversation (Coppola), Edvard Munch (Peter Watkins), The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser (Herzog), The Godfather Part II (Coppola), The Great Ecstasy of Woodcarver Steiner (Herzog), Going Places (Blier), Hearts and Minds (Davis), Lancelot du lac (Bresson), The Parallax View (Pakula), Primate (Wiseman), Stavisky (Resnais), Sweet Movie (Makavejev), The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (Hooper), The Towering Inferno (Guillermin) A Woman Under the Influence (Cassavetes)

Current Affairs

1975

  • Fall of Saigon;
  • End of the Vietnam War.
  • Khmer Rouge revolution in Cambodia.
  • UK referendum confirms membership of EEC.

CINEMATIC CONTEXT

1975

UK
Barry Lyndon (Stanley Kubrick)
Great (Bob Godfrey)
The Man Who Would Be King (John Huston)
Monty Python and the Holy Grail (Terry Gilliam)
The Nightcleaners (Berwick Street Film Collective)
Overlord (Stuart Cooper)
The Rocky Horror Picture Show (Jim Sharman)
Tommy (Ken Russell)
Water Wrackets (Peter Greenaway)
Winstanley (Kevin Brownlow, Andrew Mollo)

International

The Beast (Borowczyk), Chronicle of the Years of Fire (Lakhdar-Hamina), Dersu Uzala (Kurosawa), Duvidha (Kaul), Grey Gardens (Maysles, Maysles), Jaws (Spielberg), Jeanne Dielman, 23 Quai du commerce, 1080 Bruxelles (Akerman), Manila in the Claws of Light (Brocka), Milestones (Kramer), Mirror (Tarkovsky), Nashville (Altman), One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (Forman), The Passenger (Antonioni), Picnic at Hanging Rock (Weir), Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom (Pasolini), The Seasons (Peleshyan), Sholay (Sippy), The Travelling Players (Angelopoulos), Two Solutions For One Problem (Kiarostami), Xala (Sembène)

CURRENT AFFAIRS

1976

  • Harold Wilson resigns as UK PM, is replaced by James Callaghan.
  • Jimmy Carter wins US presidential election.
  • USA celebrates bicentennial.

CINEMATIC CONTEXT

1976

UK
Bugsy Malone (Alan Parker)
Dear Phone (Peter Greenaway)
The Eagle Has Landed (John Sturges)
The Girl Chewing Gum (John Smith)
The Man Who Fell to Earth (Nicolas Roeg)
The Omen (Richard Donner)
Pressure (Horace Ové)
Robin and Marian (Richard Lester)
Sebastiane (Derek Jarman)
The Song Remains the Same (Peter Clifton, Joe Massot)

International

All the President’s Men (Pakula), Assault on Precinct 13 (Carpenter), Cria cuervos (Saura), The Disenchantment (Chávarri), Face To Face (Bergman), Family Plot (Hitchcock), Harlan County, USA (Kopple), Heart of Glass (Herzog), Illustrious Corpses (Rosi), Insiang (Brocka), In the Realm of the Senses (Oshima), Jonah Who Will Be 25 in the Year 2000 (Tanner), The Killing of a Chinese Bookie (Cassavetes), Kings of the Road (Wenders), Monsieur Klein (Losey), Network (Lumet), 1900 (Bertolucci), A Real Young Girl (Breillat), Rocky (Avildsen), Taxi Driver (Scorsese)

WOODFALL FILMS

1977

Premiere: Joseph Andrews.

CURRENT AFFAIRS

1977

  • Queen Elizabeth II celebrates Silver Jubilee.
  • Punk emerges via the Sex Pistols.
  • Elvis Presley dies.

CINEMATIC CONTEXT

1977

UK
Blackbird Descending – Tense Alignment (Malcolm Le Grice)
A Bridge Too Far (Richard Attenborough)
Cross of Iron (Sam Peckinpah)
The Duellists (Ridley Scott)
Equus (Sidney Lumet)
Jabberwocky (Terry Gilliam)
Jubilee (Derek Jarman)
Riddles of the Sphinx (Laura Mulvey, Peter Wollen)
The Squeeze (Michael Apted)
Sweeney! (David Wickes)

International

The American Friend (Wenders), Annie Hall (Allen), The Ascent (Shepitko), Ceddo (Sembène), The Chess Players (S.Ray), The Devil, Probably (Bresson), Eraserhead (Lynch), A Grin Without a Cat (Marker), Hausu (Obayashi), Hitler: A Film From Germany (Syberberg), Killer of Sheep (Burnett), The Mallet (Ilić), Man of Marble (Wajda), News From Home (Akerman), Providence (Resnais), Soldier of Orange (Verhoeven), Star Wars (Lucas), Stroszek (Herzog), Suspiria (Argento), That Obscure Object of Desire (Buñuel)

WOODFALL FILMS

1984

Premiere: The Hotel New Hampshire.

CURRENT AFFAIRS

1984

  • Indian leader Indira Gandhi assassinated.
  • Yuri Andropov dies, is succeeded as Soviet leader by Konstantin Chernenko.
  • UK Miners’ Strike begins.

CINEMATIC CONTEXT

1984

UK
Another Country (Marek Kanievska)
The Bostonians (James Ivory)
Comfort and Joy (Bill Forsyth)
The Company of Wolves (Neil Jordan)
The Hit (Stephen Frears)
The Killing Fields (Roland Joffé)
Nineteen Eighty-Four (Michael Radford)
A Passage To India (David Lean) A Private Function (Malcolm Mowbray)
Success is the Best Revenge (Jerzy Skolimowski)

International

Almanac of Fall (Tarr), Amadeus (Forman), Bayan Ko (Brocka), Blood Simple (Coen), Boy Meets Girl (Carax), Class Relations (Huillet, Straub), Favourites of the Moon (Iosseliani), Ghostbusters (Reitman), Love on the Ground (Rivette), Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (Miyazaki), Once Upon a Time in America (Leone), Paris, Texas (Wenders), Sharaabi (Mehra), Standard Gauge (Fisher), Stop Making Sense (Demme), Stranger Than Paradise (Jarmusch), A Summer at Grandpa’s (Hou), The Terminator (Cameron), Twenty Years Later (Coutinho), Yellow Earth (Chen)

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