To coincide with the opening in September of the first large-scale exhibition at London’s Barbican Gallery of iconic American painter Jean-Michel Basquiat, we are pleased to announce the release of a DVD documentary, Jean-Michel Basquiat: A Life, directed by Jean-Michel Vecchiet.
Offering a dazzling chronology of Basquiat’s journey from humble teenager in downtown 1980s New York towards artistic glory in just 7 years, Vecchiet constructs a dramatic narrative via a whirlwind of images, literature, music and personal testimonies to reveal the explosive creativity of this self-taught.
DVD extras include interviews with Glenn O’Brien, Maripol, Suzanne Mallouk, Agnes B and Enrico Navarra. Jean-Michel Basquiat is produced by Arte and distributed in the UK by Illuminations.
You can read more about the film and purchase the DVD here.
Jean-Michel Basquiat is also featured in our exciting and challenging documentary series, The State of the Art, available as a 2-disc DVD set.
Filmed in Europe, the United States and Australia in 1985-6, the six programmes feature many key artists including Joseph Beuys, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Cindy Sherman, Antony Gormley, Hans Haacke and Eric Fischl. Each film adopts a thematic approach, with episodes looking at History, Value, Imagination, Politics, Sexuality and Identity.
New Architectures titles
28th July 2017
We are pleased to announce the release of four new products in our best-selling Architecturesseries. To complete the series, Volumes 9 and 10 and a bonus film, Paris, are now available either separately or as an 11-DVD box set.
Comprising of 6 x 26 minute films about The Glass Galleon, France; The French Communist Party’s headquarters, France; The Glasgow School of Art, Scotland; The Unal House, France; Itimad-ud-Davlah, India; The Van Nelle factory, The Netherlands.
Comprising of 6 x 26 minute films about The Wa Shan Guesthouse, China; Roissy 1, France; The Iron House, Belgium; The Philips Exeter Academy Library, USA; The Home for All at Rizkuzentakata, Japan; The Hotels de Soubise and de Rohan, France.
Forming the 11th volume in the complete box set, this is the story of how Paris became a vibrant metropolis told through two films: Paris, The Invention of the Modern City (black and white,49 mins) and Paris Ring (colour, 54 mins).
The timing of the release couldn’t be better, coming as it does hot on the heels of the Royal Exchange’s Hamlet, the RSC’s Cymbeline, the Old Vic’s King Lear and the Donmar’s Shakespeare trilogy. The ‘moment’ of women playing Shakespeare’s leading male roles on a widespread scale has finally arrived, and as such it feels fitting that Fiona Shaw’s breath-taking Richard II can now also reach a broader audience, twenty years on.
We’re absolutely delighted that Robert Hanks has written a review for the October issue of Sight&Sound our DVD box set of 1965 BBC-RSC History plays cycle, The Wars of the Roses. More details of the set, as well as the opportunity to purchase it, can be found here.
We are delighted that our DVD box set of the BBC-RSC co-production The Wars of the Roses has been reprinted and is back on sale both here and on Amazon.
Among the dozen or more 5-star Amazon reviews is this one:
Thank you BBC for at last releasing these gems. You’ve made my decade. I saw them at 15 and am now 75! A very long wait indeed.
A regrettable production error meant that the discs were wrongly labelled in some of the first copies. If you are unfortunate to have one of these, please mail email@example.com with your postal address and we will send you replacement discs.
Natalia Osipova at Sadler’s Wells
9th July 2016
A week ago we were thrilled to record for Sky Arts Natalia Osipova’s trio of new contemporary dances at Sadler’s Wells. Osipova was joined on stage for two of the pieces by Sergei Polunin, which was the first time that they have danced together in the UK. The programme will be transmitted as part of the Hot Ticket strand on Sky Arts on Monday 18 July. Inspired by Osipova, the dances were commissioned by her from the leading contemporary choreographers Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Russell Maliphant and Arthur Pita. Produced by Sadler’s Wells these performances marked the world premiere of each piece, and they will be seen again at the Festival Theatre in Edinburgh as part of the 2016 Edinburgh International Festival from 12 – 14 August 2016. (more…)
The Wars of the Roses – grrrr!
1st July 2016
We have discovered that a number of the first box sets of The Wars of the Roses include mis-labelled discs. This is especially disappointing for us given how much effort has gone into their production. The duplication facility has ackowledged their mistake and are rapidly re-printing corrected versions. We hope to have to have these new sets of discs within a week. If you discover that you have such a set, in which the disc label and the contents do not match up, please send your postal address to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will send out a new version to you within a few days. And please accept our apologies for this screw-up.
The Wars of the Roses release
15th June 2016
We are delighted to confirm that our exclusive 3-disc DVD of The Wars of the Roses will be released on Tuesday 28 June. Adapted from the Henry VI plays and Richard III by William Shakespeare, this is the Royal Shakespeare Company production filmed by the BBC in 1964 and available for the first time since their broadcast on BBC 1 in 1965. One of the greatest achievements of the RSC and of British television in the 1960s has been digitally restored and is at last available on DVD.
‘A monumental production. One of the mightiest stage projects of our time, a production to remember all our lives.’ Bernard Levin writing for the Daily Mail in July 1963
The 3 discs contain 505 minutes including extras and retail at £29.99. (more…)
Richard III with Almeida Live
26th May 2016
We’re delighted to say that we are working with Almeida Theatre and Picturehouse Entertainment to broadcast Rupert Goold’s production of Richard III, with Ralph Fiennes and Vanessa Redgrave live to cinemas around the world on July 21.
Image: Ralph Fiennes as Richard III photographed by Hugo Glendinning.
Simon Rattle for Sky Arts
16th May 2016
May 16 saw the premiere of our new Sky Arts programme, Simon Rattle conducts The Seasons. Just exactly a month before at London’s Barbican Centre we recorded the great conductor with the London Symphony Orchestra and the London Symphony Chorus performing Haydn’s 1801 oratorio The Seasons. The soloists are soprano Monika Eder, baritone Florian Boesch and tenorAndrew Staples, who was a late replacement for the indisposed John Mark Ainsley. The resulting 140-minute programme, which is a co-production with the LSO, features the full work, together with introductory comments by Simon Rattle between each of the four sections. Rhodri Huw directs the screen version with his invariable flair and precision, and Lucie Conrad is our producer. (more…)