BFI Flipside: Seedy, sleazy and ignored British cinema!

BFI is restoring and making available lots of overlooked British films. The Flipside series contains mainly films from the sixties and the seventies. Most of the films were ignored by the general public at the time of their release. They are also seedy, sleazy, and certainly not to everyone's taste. All Flipside releases comes with several short films, documentaries, and even feature films as bonuses, which also are included in this list. There are some arthouse, some science fiction, some flipside sexuality to experience, but also interesting music from the time the films were made. Lots of "Zeit-Geist"!
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1.
The Bed Sitting Room (1969)
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Set in post-nuclear-holocaust England, where a handful of bizarre characters struggle on with their lives in the ruins... (90 mins.)
Director: Richard Lester
 
2.
London in the Raw (1965 Documentary)
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"The world's greatest city laid bare!", roars the tagline to LONDON IN THE RAW (1964), a salacious documentary that tours the strip-clubs and underground dives of the still-swinging city. (82 mins.)
“ British, low-budget, exploitation documentary, presenting some of what went on in 1960's London. Colour. Apparently two versions exist, one 45 and one 74 minutes. Stanley A Long is director of photography. In the Blue Angel club, Joy Marshall sings "Bill Bailey" and "Forbidden Fruit". ” - MovingPictures1
 
3.
Chelsea Bridge Boys (1965 Documentary)
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A documentary about the riders who belong to a British motorcycle club. Included are interviews with both male and female bikers. (30 mins.)
“ Black and white documentary with interviews with several bikers and girls. 30 minutes. ” - MovingPictures1
 
4.
Strip (1966 Short Film)
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(26 mins.)
“ Black and white documentary with interviews, from Soho strip club The Phoenix, Old Compton Street, in London. 25 minutes. ” - MovingPictures1
 
5.
Pub (1966 Short Film)
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(15 mins.)
Director: Peter Davis
“ Black and white documentation of the inside of The Approach Tavern, Approach Road, in East London. 15 minutes. The film is shot in 16mm, and actually from 1962. ” - MovingPictures1
 
6.
Primitive London (1965 Documentary)
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Exploitation film documentary on 'Swinging London' as it actually happened. Arnold Louis Miller, the director of 'Nudist Memories'... (80 mins.)
 
7.
Carousella (1966 Documentary)
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(28 mins.)
Director: John Irvin
 
8.
Herostratus (1967)
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When Max, a young poet hires a marketing company to turn his suicide-by-jumping into a mass-media spectacle... (142 mins.)
Director: Don Levy
 
9.
Ten Thousand Talents (1960 Short Film)
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(24 mins.)
Director: Don Levy
 
10.
Time Is (1964 Short Film)
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(29 mins.)
Director: Don Levy
 
11.
Punulse (1967 Short Film)
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(2 mins.)
Director: Don Levy
 
12.
Malaise (1967 Short Film)
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(2 mins.)
Director: Don Levy
 
13.
Catharsis (1967 Short Film)
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(2 mins.)
Director: Don Levy
 
14.
Point of Noon (1968 Short Film)
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(2 mins.)
Director: Don Levy
 
15.
Black Ice (1967 Short Film)
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(2 mins.)
Director: Don Levy
 
16.
All the Right Noises (1971)
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A married man with two small children has an affair with a young teenage girl (92 mins.)
Director: Gerry O'Hara
 
17.
The Spy's Wife (1972 Short Film)
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(28 mins.)
Director: Gerry O'Hara
 
18.
Man of Violence (1971)
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A mercenary joins forces with 2 crooked cops in an attempt to steal a fortune in gold bullion from a corrupt Arab country. (89 mins.)
Director: Pete Walker
“ Very speculative violence and nudity in this gritty british clubland thriller with gangster and spy connections. Michael Latimer is Moon, the man of violence. I believe The Wallace Collection is the band that plays in a gay-club. ” - MovingPictures1
 
19.
The Big Switch (1968)
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Playboy John Carter is implicated in the murder of a blonde from a discotheque and is forced by gangsters into posing for pornographic photographs. (80 mins.)
Director: Pete Walker
“ This Pete Walker film has less graphic violence but is very exploitative with nudity. Seems like the export-edition is about ten minutes longer. Somewhat british gangster melodrama with a shoot-out at a ghost-train in an amusement park on a pier in Brighton.
There is also a good (unidentified) progressive rockband playing in a club right at the beginning of the film. 67 minutes. ” - MovingPictures1
 
20.
Privilege (1967)
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Steven Shorter is the ultimate British music star. His music is listened to by everyone from pre-teens to grandparents... (103 mins.)
Director: Peter Watkins
 
21.
The Diary of an Unknown Soldier (1959 Short Film)
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(20 mins.)
Director: Peter Watkins
 
22.
The Forgotten Faces (1961 Short Film)
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(17 mins.)
Director: Peter Watkins
 
23.
That Kind of Girl (1963)
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London is in full '60s swing in THAT KIND OF GIRL, a shamelessly entertaining exploitation film that revels in sexual titillation while moralizing about the dangers of STDs (In HD). (78 mins.)
Director: Gerry O'Hara
 
24.
The People at No. 19 (1949 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
Dramatised documentary about venereal diseases: Joan, pregnant, realises she has syphilis and must confront her partner Ken with this fact. (18 mins.)
Director: J.B. Holmes
 
25.
No Place to Hide (1959 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Scenes from the march to Aldermaston in 1959. Snapshots of everyday scenes from people's lives, Easter 1959... (10 mins.)
Director: Derrick Knight
 
26.
A Sunday in September (1961 Documentary)
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Television documentary about the nuclear disarmament demonstration at Trafalgar Square on 17th September 1961. (28 mins.)
Director: James Hill
 
27.
Permissive (1970)
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Suzy arrives in London with nowhere to stay. She meets a friend, Fiona, a groupie who has settled into a relationship with Lee, bass player and singer with a rock-band. (90 mins.)
 
28.
Bread (1971)
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On their way home from the Isle of Wight Pop Festival, Jeff, Trev and Mick along with girlfriends Marty... (79 mins.)
Director: Stanley A. Long
 
29.
'Ave You Got a Male Assistant Please Miss? (1973 Short Film)
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(5 mins.)
 
30.
Guide to the Flipside of British Cinema (2010 Documentary)
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(37 mins.)
Director: Jake West
Stars: Kim Newman
 
31.
The Pleasure Girls (1965)
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A beautiful young girl arrives in London to pursue a modeling career, and finds herself caught up in the whole "swinging '60s" scene. (88 mins.)
Director: Gerry O'Hara
 
32.
The Rocking Horse (1962 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  
A chance love affair between a Teddy Boy & a painter set in London in 1962 (24 mins.)
Director: James Scott
“ "Atmospheric short about a romantic encounter between a teddy boy and an artist". ” - MovingPictures1
 
33.
The Meeting (1964 Short Film)
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(10 mins.)
Director: Mamoun Hassan
“ "A young woman's unconventional encounter with a mysterious lover". ” - MovingPictures1
 
34.
The Party's Over (1965)
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An American businessman visits London and is horrified to discover his nubile teenage daughter has become involved with a gang of thuggish "beatniks". Her involvement leads to wild parties, sex, death and necrophilia. (94 mins.)
 
35.
The Party (1962 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
(15 mins.)
Director: R.A. Ostwald
“ An art school get-together. No dialogue, just the sound of jazz records played. Some actors from "The Party's Over", and the appearance of Pete Brown, later of Piblokto! fame. ” - MovingPictures1
 
36.
Emma (1964 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
(13 mins.)
Director: Anthony Perry
“ Two children explores a churchyard. Shot in colour. No dialogue.
BFI call it: "an expressive meditation on the loss of innocence, from the producer of The Party's Over". ” - MovingPictures1
 
37.
Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush (1968)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
This comedy / drama film follows the sexual exploits of teenager Jamie McGregor and the permissive society of the 60's. (96 mins.)
Director: Clive Donner
 
38.
Because That Road Is Trodden (1969 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  
(23 mins.)
Director: Tim King
“ "Dream-like confessional concerning the fantasies of a public schoolboy". ” - MovingPictures1
 
39.
Stevenage (1971 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
(22 mins.)
Director: Gordon Ruttan
“ "Documentary celebration of Britain's first New Town". ” - MovingPictures1
 
40.
Bronco Bullfrog (1969)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Del and his friends agree to take part in a robbery with a boy fresh from the borstal. When Del falls in love with Irene they decide to run away from their nagging parents - and the law. (86 mins.)
“ British social realism with non-professional actors. The soundtrack contains "Darkness All Around" played by AUDIENCE! ” - MovingPictures1
 
41.
Everybody's an Actor, Shakespeare Said (1968 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  
An east London youth drama group improvises scenes based upon their everyday life under the tutelage of Joan Littlewood (31 mins.)
“ Short documentary on Joan Littlewood's theatre work with the teenagers who would star in BRONCO BULLFROG. 30 minutes. ” - MovingPictures1
 
42.
Seven Green Bottles (1975 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Seven wayward juveniles (the "Green Bottles" of the title) spend their days truanting and thieving.... (34 mins.)
Director: Eric Marquis
“ Short, cautionary tale of seven young juvenile delinquents, played by non-professional actors. 35 minutes. ” - MovingPictures1
 
43.
Private Road (1971)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
The childish love story between a young depressive girl and a talented young writer and the first steps into their adult life. (89 mins.)
 
44.
The Last Chapter (1974 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Dark tale in which a successful middle-aged writer (Denholm Elliot) is unbalanced by an assured young fan (Susan Penhaligon). (29 mins.)
Director: David Tringham
“ BFI: "Dark tale in which a successful middle-aged writer is unbalanced by an assured young fan". ” - MovingPictures1
 
45.
St. Christopher (1967 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
(60 mins.)
“ BFI: "Barney Platts-Mills' affecting observational documentary about the education of mentally handicapped youngsters". ” - MovingPictures1
 
46.
Duffer (1971)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
An intense and bizarre study of obsession that is by turns lyrical and disconcerting, Duffer tells the... (75 mins.)
“ Shot in beautiful black and white, and with only three main characters. It is not clear what is going on. ” - MovingPictures1
 
47.
The Moon Over the Alley (1976)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
(107 mins.)
Director: Joseph Despins
“ A very unusual musical, situated around a lodging-house near Portobello Road in London. Very kitchen sinkish! Many odd, but familiar, characters appear. In one scene a young couple goes to the cinema, and we are treated with Kevin Brownlow and Andrew Mollo's dystopian sci-fi film IT HAPPENED HERE (1965). Galt MacDermot has written the music for it. Captivating all through. ” - MovingPictures1
 
48.
Joanna (1968)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
A provincial girl is entangled in the mod morality of London. (108 mins.)
Director: Michael Sarne
“ 1960's swinging London pictured in a creative and playful way, through gorgeous colour, surrealistic dream sequences and breaking of the fourth wall. Geneviève Waite is Joanna, who meets Christian Doermer [Sarne's alter ego], Glenna Forster-Jones, Calvin Lockhart, and Donald Sutherland as the foppish Lord Sanderson.
Fun to watch! ” - MovingPictures1
 
49.
Road to Saint Tropez (1966 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
(31 mins.)
Director: Michael Sarne
“ Fenella Fielding narrates a satirical "travelogue" in this road movie along the french riviera, against a background consisting of a 22 years old Udo Kier working as gigolo, abandoning Gabriella Licudi for Melissa Stribling. 30 minutes. ” - MovingPictures1
 
50.
Death May Be Your Santa Claus (1969)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.0/10 X  
Presents the nihilistic visions of a young black European militant. (50 mins.)
“ Ken Gajadhar as a nihilistic black militant in London experiences unexplained violent and lustful encounters. Related to ongoing french new wave, especially Jean-Luc Godard's "Week End" (1967) and "Sympathy for the Devil" (1968). The progressive rock band, The Second Hand makes the soundtrack, and even plays live in The Second Hand Store. 36 minutes. ” - MovingPictures1
 
51.
Lunch Hour (1961)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
A young designer and a married executive may be about to start an affair. A series of lunch hours play out the relationship. (64 mins.)
Director: James Hill
“ In this 63-minute film, Shirley Anne Field and Robert Stephens fall in love with each other. They can only meet at lunch break. Finally they rent a room for one hour by Kay Walsh. But things gets complicated in a weird way.
Absolutely fascinating! ” - MovingPictures1
 
52.
Skyhook (1958 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
(17 mins.)
Director: James Hill
“ Colour documentary financed by BP. ” - MovingPictures1
 
53.
Giuseppina (1960 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Oscar® - winning short in which a young girl observes the array of quirky characters who pass her father's rural petrol station. (32 mins.)
Director: James Hill
“ Oscar-winning documentary. An Italian girl wants to go the the fair, but ends up staying at her father's petrol station. Several characters appear during that day. Tati-esque! ” - MovingPictures1
 
54.
The Home-Made Car (1963 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
(27 mins.)
Director: James Hill
“ A young man restores an old Morris. Various characters help or hinder him. Beautiful. Won a Silver Bear in Berlin. ” - MovingPictures1
 
55.
Requiem for a Village (1976)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
(68 mins.)
Director: David Gladwell
“ David Gladwell's first feature. Colour. Non-professional cast: Vic Smith and villagers from Witnesham and Metfield. Suggestive about memories, and imaginative with dreamlike qualities. Underlines tensions between past and present in a surreal way. Uses elements from all Gladwell's previous short films. 68 minutes. ” - MovingPictures1
 
56.
Summer Discord (1955 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
(15 mins.)
Director: David Gladwell
“ Black and white short with a slightly weird dream sequence in colour. 15 minutes. ” - MovingPictures1
 
57.
Miss Thompson Goes Shopping (1958 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
(16 mins.)
Director: David Gladwell
“ Black and white short. Beautifully photographed. Not action-oriented, but somewhat surprising. 23 minutes. ” - MovingPictures1
 
58.
The Great Steam Fair (1964 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
(17 mins.)
“ Documentary short in colour. 17 minutes. ” - MovingPictures1
 
59.
An Untitled Film (1964 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
(9 mins.)
Director: David Gladwell
“ Montage-oriented short. Beautifully photographed in black and white. 9 minutes. ” - MovingPictures1
 
60.
Deep End (1970)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
15-year-old Mike takes a job at the local swimming baths, where he becomes obsessed with an attractive young woman... (92 mins.)
“ Excellent and obscure German/English co-production by Jerzy Skolimowski, about possessive love in a London swimming baths. Jane Asher, John Moulder-Brown and Diana Dors are excellent in this funny and bizarre film. In the soundtrack Cat Stevens plays "But I Might Die Tonight", and CAN plays all 14.30 minutes of the excellent "Mother Sky"! A feast for eyes and ears. ” - MovingPictures1
 
61.
Starting Out: The Making of Jerzy Skolimowski's Deep End (2011 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
A fascinating and absorbing documentary about the making of Jerzy Skolimowski's cult favourite, DEEP END... (75 mins.)
Director: Robert Fischer
 
62.
Careless Love (1976 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
A man tells to his lover he won't get engaged to someone who has already been married. (10 mins.)
Director: Francine Winham
“ Disturbing short with Jane Asher and Richard Heffron. 10 minutes. ” - MovingPictures1
 
63.
Little Malcolm and His Struggle Against the Eunuchs (1974)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
An art student is thrown out of college. Depressed, he comes up with the Party of Dynamic Erection, a near fascist "party" that promotes male sexual dominance and which attracts a couple of other unsavory confused characters. (109 mins.)
Director: Stuart Cooper
“ Based on a 1959 David Halliwell play called LITTLE MALCOLM AND HIS STRUGGLE AGAINST THE EUNUCHS. Malcolm Scrawdyke (John Hurt) leads his pseudo-fascistic Party of Dynamic Erection, consisting of Wick (John McEnery), Irwin (Raymond Platt), and Nipple (David Warner), on a crusade in the northern british town of Oldham.
The film was produced by Apple Films and George Harrison, who also wrote some of the music for the soundtrack. It won the Silver Bear at the 1974 Berlin Film Festival. The film is completely hilarious and very bleak at the same time. The dialogue are at times electrifying. This is a true overlooked gem you don't want to miss! ” - MovingPictures1
 
64.
Put Yourself in My Place (1974 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  
What happens when a husband and wife change roles? (25 mins.)
Director: Francine Winham
“ Judy Geeson starring in Francine Winham's fun proto-feministic gender-bending short. 24 minutes. ” - MovingPictures1
 
65.
The Contraption (1977 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A man toils at building an elaborate contraption. As he builds you begin to determine what exactly it is he is building... (8 mins.)
Director: James Dearden
“ Richard O'Brien, from Rocky Horror Picture Show, builds a sinister contraption in this short. 7 minutes. ” - MovingPictures1
 
66.
Voice Over (1983)
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(105 mins.)
 
67.
Repeater (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.6/10 X  
(74 mins.)
Director: Chris Monger