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12-20-2012, 04:52 PM
Out now/next year (depending if you pre-ordered the hardback) from Headpress...

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
CIA-funded cartoons
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!


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

Just got my hardback copy today, it's a cracker! The hardback is now OOP, it was limited to 100 copies and luckily I got in there early enough to snag one. The paperback goes on sale March 2013...

More info and ordering details HERE (http://www.headpress.com/ShowProduct.aspx?ID=121)


Andrew Monroe
12-20-2012, 05:17 PM
SITTING TARGET and THE SQUEEZE...this looks like must-read material. Thanks for the heads-up, this is the first I've heard of this one.

Randy G
12-20-2012, 09:34 PM
Looks cool, let us know what you think of it after you've given it a read Jonny.