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Stephen Poliakoff films

James Luckard
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."
Dancing on the Edge - 2-DVD Set [ NON-USA FORMAT, PAL, Reg.2 Import - United Kingdom ]
Dancing on the Edge - 2-DVD Set [ NON-USA FORMAT, PAL, Reg.2 Import - United Kingdom ]
"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."
Dancing on the Edge (Screen and Cinema)
Dancing on the Edge (Screen and Cinema)
"Most of Poliakoff's screenplays are available from Methuen, the well-known UK drama publishers."
Glorious 39 [Blu-ray]
Glorious 39 [Blu-ray]
"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."
Glorious 39 (Screen and Cinema)
Glorious 39 (Screen and Cinema)
Capturing Mary [Regions 2 & 4]
Capturing Mary [Regions 2 & 4]
"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""
Joe's Palace [ NON-USA FORMAT, PAL, Reg.2.4 Import - United Kingdom ]
Joe's Palace [ NON-USA FORMAT, PAL, Reg.2.4 Import - United Kingdom ]
"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."
'Joe's Palace' and 'Capturing Mar (Screen and Cinema)
'Joe's Palace' and 'Capturing Mar (Screen and Cinema)
Gideon's Daughter
Gideon's Daughter
"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."
Friends and Crocodiles
Friends and Crocodiles
"A very weird tale of a Richard Branson-esque business genius and the secretary who is never able to escape his orbit, no matter how self-destructive her choices may be."
Friends and Crocodiles: AND Gideon's Daughter (Screen and Cinema)
Friends and Crocodiles: AND Gideon's Daughter (Screen and Cinema)
The Lost Prince [Blu-ray]
The Lost Prince [Blu-ray]
"The film that largely introduced American audiences to Poliakoff, when it aired on PBS. Another masterpiece, which went on to win numerous awards including the Emmy for Best Miniseries."
The Lost Prince: Screenplay (Screen and Cinema)
The Lost Prince: Screenplay (Screen and Cinema)
Almost Strangers
Almost Strangers
"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"."
Perfect Strangers (Screen and Cinema)
Perfect Strangers (Screen and Cinema)
Shooting the Past
Shooting the Past
"His masterpiece, an utterly gripping, profoundly moving tale of one woman's battle to save a photo archive, containing the record of the entire century, from being disposed of by its new owners."
Shooting The Past (Screen and Cinema)
Shooting The Past (Screen and Cinema)
The Tribe
The Tribe
"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."
Century [VHS]
Century [VHS]
Close My Eyes
Close My Eyes
"Also available as a much cheaper Region 2 PAL DVD from the UK."
Hidden City
Hidden City
"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."
SHES BEEN AWAY HIDDEN CITY (Modern Plays)
SHES BEEN AWAY HIDDEN CITY (Modern Plays)
"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."
Runners
Runners
"An interestingly dreamy tale of a father searching for his runaway daughter in London, and discovering a whole subculture of runaways, and falling in love with a mother searching for her own child."
Helen Mirren at the BBC (The Changeling / The Apple Cart / Caesar and Claretta / The Philanthropist / The Little Minister / The Country Wife / Blue Remembered Hills / Mrs. Reinhardt / Soft Targets)
Helen Mirren at the BBC (The Changeling / The Apple Cart / Caesar and Claretta / The Philanthropist / The Little Minister / The Country Wife / Blue Remembered Hills / Mrs. Reinhardt / Soft Targets)
"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."
Caught On a Train
Caught On a Train
"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."
Bloody kids [DVD] (2009) Derrick O'Connor, Gary Holton, Richard Thomas
Bloody kids [DVD] (2009) Derrick O'Connor, Gary Holton, Richard Thomas
"Available more easily from amazon.co.uk. In addition, his earlier TV play "Hitting Town" can be found in the UK DVD set "Plays for Britain"."