When Max, a young poet (played by the iconic Michael Gothard) hires a marketing company to turn his suicide-by-jumping into a mass-media spectacle, he finds that his subversive intentions are quickly diluted into a reactionary gesture, and his motivations are revealed as a desperate attempt to seek attention through celebrity. Unseen since its limited release in 1967, this audacious and prescient - yet criminally overlooked - work by experimental filmmaker Don Levy left a profound mark on the landscape of late-1960s British cinema, with echoes of its visual style evident in the more celebrated work of such notable directors as Stanley Kubrick, Nicolas Roeg and Michael Winner.

Special features:

  • Dual Format Edition: includes both the Blu-ray and the DVD of the film and the extras
  • Newly transferred to High Definition from the original negative under the supervision of Don Levy associate Amnon Buchbinder
  • Rare audio interview with Don Levy (1973, 38 mins)
  • Ten Thousand Talents (1960, 24 mins): Levy’s student film, set in Cambridge, featuring the voice of Peter Cook
  • Time Is (1964, 28 mins): Levy’s remarkable documentary
  • Five Films (1967, 8 mins): Levy’s hypnotic experiments in film editing techniques
  • Extensive illustrated booklet with newly commissioned contributions and original documentation
  • Dolby Digital mono audio (320 kbps)
studio:
BFI
Director:
Don Levy
Certificate:
15
Actor:
Michael Gothard

Helen Mirren
Main Language:
English
Number of Discs:
2
Region:
B

Herostratus (The Flipside) [Dual Format Edition]

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When Max, a young poet (played by the iconic Michael Gothard) hires a marketing company to turn his suicide-by-jumping into a mass-media spectacle, he finds that his subversive intentions are quickly diluted into a reactionary gesture, and his motivations are revealed as a desperate attempt to seek attention through celebrity. Unseen since its limited release in 1967, this audacious and prescient - yet criminally overlooked - work by experimental filmmaker Don Levy left a profound mark on the landscape of late-1960s British cinema, with echoes of its visual style evident in the more celebrated work of such notable directors as Stanley Kubrick, Nicolas Roeg and Michael Winner.

Special features:

  • Dual Format Edition: includes both the Blu-ray and the DVD of the film and the extras
  • Newly transferred to High Definition from the original negative under the supervision of Don Levy associate Amnon Buchbinder
  • Rare audio interview with Don Levy (1973, 38 mins)
  • Ten Thousand Talents (1960, 24 mins): Levy’s student film, set in Cambridge, featuring the voice of Peter Cook
  • Time Is (1964, 28 mins): Levy’s remarkable documentary
  • Five Films (1967, 8 mins): Levy’s hypnotic experiments in film editing techniques
  • Extensive illustrated booklet with newly commissioned contributions and original documentation
  • Dolby Digital mono audio (320 kbps)
studio:
BFI
Director:
Don Levy
Certificate:
15
Actor:
Michael Gothard

Helen Mirren
Main Language:
English
Number of Discs:
2
Region:
B
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