Exploitation film historians, get ready for a dose of twisted history in a uniquely British style: Headpress Books recently released Offbeat, a book that explore the shadow side of English film history. Edited by Julian Upton, it offers reviews, essays and interviews covering a variety of fascinating films known only the hardcore Anglo-cinephile. It is currently available from Headpress in an exclusive hardback edition, with a paperback edition to follow in March. Read on for all the bizarrely British details, including an embedded sample of the book itself…
British Cinema’s Curiosities, Obscurities and Forgotten Gems
edited by Julian Upton
From the last of the last great British B-movies to CIA funded cartoons, over 100 in-depth reviews, plus interviews and essays
Think you know British cinema? Think again.
While critics sing from an over familiar hymn sheet of so-called ‘cult films,’ there remains an epoch of British cinema still awaiting discovery that is every bit as provocative and deserving of attention. And there could be no finer guide to these uncharted domains than Julian Upton’s Offbeat. This is the book for the more intrepid cinema lover. A passionate, irreverent and informative exploration of British cinema’s secret history, from the buoyant leap in film production in the late fifties to the dying embers of popular domestic cinema in the early eighties.
So, move over Peeping Tom, Get Carter and The Wicker Man – it’s time to make way for The Mark, Unearthly Stranger, The Strange Affair, The Squeeze, Sitting Target, Quest for Love, The Black Panther and a host of forgotten gems.
Offbeat features in-depth reviews of more than 100 films, plus interviews and eye-opening essays that together tell the wider story of film in Britain, its neglected cinematic trends and its unsung heroes.
The last great British B-movies
Anti-swinging London films
Sexploitation — from Yellow Teddy Bears to Emmanuelle in Soho
The British rock’n’roll movie
The Asylum in British cinema
The Children’s Film Foundation
The demise of the short as supporting feature
Val Guest, Sidney Hayers and the forgotten journeymen of British film
Swashbucklers, crime thrillers and other non-horror Hammers
And much more!
Julian Upton is the author of the Headpress book Fallen Stars (2004) and has written on film for Filmfax, Bright Lights Film Journal and The Big Picture. He is also a blogger on vintage British cinema at Moviemail.com
Foreword by John Krish
Introduction: The Cinema of Low Expectations by Julian Upton
Boom: 1955–69 by Julian Upton
Baby Love: Underage Sex and Murder in British Films by David Kerekes
Swordplay: British Swashbuckler Films by James Oliver
Bust: 1969–85 by Julian Upton
Over the Cliff: British Rock and Roll Films by James Oliver
A Dangerous Madness: The Asylum in British Film by Jennifer Wallis
Seen But Not Heard Of: The Children’s Film Foundation by James Oliver
Wings of Death: The Demise of the Short as Supporting Feature by David Kerekes
Afterword: 1985 and Beyond by Julian Upton
Notes on Contributors
Plus film reviews by Darrell Buxton, Sam Dunn, Mark Goodall, Graeme Hobbs, David Hyman, Martin Jones, David Kerekes, Sarah Morgan, Kim Newman, James Oliver, Gary Ramsay, David Slater, David Sutton, Andrew Syers, Phil Tonge, Julian Upton, Jennifer Wallis
10% discount (£25 £22.50) if ordered before midnight on Friday, December 21, 2012
Exclusive hardback edition, limited to 100 copies only.
Fully illustrated, heavy paper, head and tail bands, plus ribbon bookmark. Beautiful!
(Paperback edition goes on general sale in March 2013.)