Hidden City (Blu-Ray)

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After establishing a fine reputation in British television drama, Stephen Poliakoff directed his first feature film in 1987.

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After establishing a fine reputation in British television drama, Stephen Poliakoff directed his first feature film in 1987. A mystery wrapped in conspiracy and secrets, Hidden City tells the story of James Richards (Charles Dance), a writer who is sucked into a search for a lost piece of film by Sharon Newton (Cassie Stewart), a video librarian. What they stumble upon are cover-ups, tense searches, and possible danger.

With the help of Witold Stoks’ excellent cinematography, Poliakoff has crafted a rich look into London’s dark history, with disused tram-tunnels and long-forgotten subterranean chambers serving as the backdrop to explore the depths of the British pre-occupation with secrecy. Featuring a sensational cast of stellar British talent including Charles Dance, Richard E. Grant and Bill Paterson, Stephen Poliakoff’s rarely seen directorial debut is a stylish thriller ripe for rediscovery.

Special features

  • Presented in High Definition
  • Newly recorded audio commentary with writer and director Stephen Poliakoff and film critic Michael Brooke
  • Treasures from the BFI National Archive (1903-1947, 58 mins): a selection of archive gems, exploring some of the themes featured in Hidden City. The films: Cheese Mites (1903), Barging Through London (1924), Hop Gardens of Kent (1933), The City (1939) and Shown by Request (1947)
  • Inside the BFI National Archive (2023, 1 min): a behind-the-scenes look at the work of the BFI National Archive
  • **FIRST PRESSING ONLY** Illustrated booklet including Poliakoff’s original introduction to his screenplay, a new essay on the film by John Wyver, a new interview with Stephen Poliakoff by Michael Brooke , new writing on Barging Through London and Hop Gardens of Kent by Ellen Cheshire and an essay on Public Information films and the National Archives by Sarah Castagnetti and Patrick Russell