The list author says: "Stephen Poliakoff is Britain's great observer of its past and present in constant collision and battle. Almost all of his films deal, fascinatingly, with how contemporary British society (whenever that film is made) is dealing with elements of the past that cannot be forgotten. He is sadly under-appreciated in the US. Hopefully he'll have a major hit in the US at some point to change this."
"His latest miniseries, aired in the US on cable but has no video release here, only in the UK. A sprawling tale of a black jazz band crossing racial lines as they play at a London luxury hotel in the 30s."
"Fascinating but flawed thriller about a young girl who stumbles onto a group of Brits determined to avoid going to war in 1939, even if it means making a deal with Hitler. Sadly this drops the audio commentary from the British DVD."
"Only available from the UK as a Region 2 PAL disc. A sightly odd film about an intelligent young woman whose life is derailed after a strange encounter with a man who tells her the secrets of everyone in high society. Explores themes similar to "Friends & Crocodiles""
"Only available from the UK as a Region 2 PAL disc. A wealthy recluse becomes obsessed with finding the dark secret at the core of his family fortune and enlists a gang of local misfits to help him with the sleuthing."
"A trio of great performances. A reliably brilliant Bill Nighy, a luminous pre-stardom Emily Blunt, and a revelatory Miranda Richardson, liberated from the quirky supporting roles she's usually saddled with and given a romantic lead."
"Another masterpiece, a sprawling tale of a family reunion and the various family secrets that are unearthed. This miniseries was bizarrely renamed for its American release. I can only assume it was to avoid confusion with the old American sitcom called "Perfect Strangers"."
"Exceptionally weird film for completists only, about a conservative businessman who finds himself strangely drawn to the bizarre commune he's supposed to evict from an old building about to be redeveloped. Note that the DVD was mastered incorrectly, squishing the image. If you have VLC or another program, you can adjust the image to watch it properly."
"The first film Poliakoff directed is one of his weirdest. It's set in a semi-fantastical London, which feels a bit like he hadn't yet learned how grounded in the real and tactile cinema is compared to theater."
"She's Been Away is a fascinating film about how a stifled married woman finds herself liberated by the arrival of an elderly aunt who has been cooped up in an asylum for fifty years. It has never been released on video, but can be found on YouTube."
"This American boxset contains the only video release ever of Poliakoff's Soft Targets. Incidentally, Soft Targets has never been released at all in the UK. The version of this boxset sold there has a completely different mix of BBC library programs with Mirren, for some reason, and does NOT include Soft Targets."
"A bit like Poliakoff's version of "Before Sunrise". A young English business traveler and a Central European dowager become unintended travel companions on an overnight train trip, including a brief stroll through Frankfurt, Germany."