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In London, a journalist and a picture researcher uncover a secret from the past and discover hidden aspects of the city. For James Richards there are no surprises left; he is too much in control of his life. Sharon is a child of the video age who enters his life with a vengeance. Her all-consuming passion is to find the truth behind a mysterious piece of film she has found inserted into a government information reel. Through her he discovers that the London he thought he knew is in reality a mysterious and Hidden City. BONUS FEATURES: Short film CHRONO-PERAMBULATOR (approx 11 mins) directed by Damien O'Donnell and starring Charles Dance and CLOSED CIRCUIT (approx 15 mins).

The master for this film has been retrieved from Film4 library’s extensive archive. The film was originally mastered for playback on the VHS machines and the standard definition televisions of the time. The quality will not be as good as a film which has been digitally re-mastered to be shown on high definition wide screens. We have opened up our archive, in order that films which might not otherwise be on release on any format, are available for dedicated film enthusiasts who want the opportunity to watch them.

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  • Actors: Charles Dance, Cassie Stuart, Bill Patterson, Richard E.Grant, Alex Norton
  • Directors: Stephen Poliakoff
  • Writers: Stephen Poliakoff
  • Producers: Irving Teitelbaum
  • Format: NTSC
  • Region: All Regions
  • Studio: Film4 Library
  • DVD Release Date: April 18, 2011
  • Run Time: 107 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004X2JMT6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #97,123 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By JAllen on August 24, 2006
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A remarkable film made for the BBC's Film On Four, Stephen Poliakoff's 'Hidden City' stars Charles Dance as a statistician in the midst of something of a middle-aged crisis. Waylaid by an aggressive (and abrasive) young woman who claims he cost her her job at a government film archive, he finds himself draughted into the search for a series of apparently benign industrial films that have inexplicably wound up classified as secret. At first unwilling to take part in the quest, he gradually becomes sucked into a bewildering secret world hidden within and beneath London, where bowler-hatted Masons have to pick their way through the garbage piled in front of the alleyway entrances of their secret meeting halls, and decades worth of classified information piles in drifts in decomissioned underground air raid shelters. In the process the two seekers, who are united only by their vague sense of dissatisfaction and a need for something - anything - else, discover that so many secrets are being kept by their government that the reasons much of it was ever considered sensitive have themselves been lost to time. Worse yet, the accumulation has grown so enormous that random culls are being implemented just to make room in the archives for the latest generation of secrets, with stacks of film and documents selected at random for disposal. When the second film in the series they have been seeking turns out to contain a glimpse of what might be an abduction in the background of a street scene, it's a race against time to find the next instalment, which may already have been sent to a rubbish tip...

Melancholy, romantic, utterly modern, and only sort-of a conspiracy film, it is incomprehensible that 'Hidden City' has somehow managed to avoid building the cult following it so richly deserves.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Natatores on May 30, 2009
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I saw this film many years ago on UK TV and had the foresight to copy it to tape. Unfortunately over the years the tape has been lost to that vast VHS library that now occupies my loft. Unable to obtain a copy in the UK I was delighted when I tracked down a pre-recorded version in the US that I collected on my recent holiday. Poliakoff is a rare talent and the themes of history, family relationships, secrets, visual media and all things that lurk beneath, which are always liberally scattered throughout his works make viewing an absorbing experience. Hidden City is no exception and although it lacks some of the polish of his later offerings, possibly because he is a better writer than he is a director, it is nonetheless a must for all fans of his work and a worthy introduction for those yet to be smitten.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Philip Atterson on December 27, 2012
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I remember watching this many years ago in the early days of channel 4. Had a copy on video but that decayed. Was pleased to be able to get this copy on DVD. A great film from Poliakoff and up there with his best. Thanks to whoever made this available. Nice touch with the two extra shorts as well. Would be interested to know if anything else was available.
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By Nicholas Brown on March 5, 2013
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I was so pleased to track this example of 80s Poliakoff. It was really interesting to see the kinds of issues that appear in his later films. Well worth the watch and it's about time that it was available again in the UK
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