On 24 Aug 2009 the BFI's Flipside series unleashed HEROSTRATUS (1967), a film by Don Levy.
When Max, a young poet (played by the iconic Michael Gothard - The Devils, The Valley (Obscured by Clouds)), hires a marketing company to turn his suicide-by-jumping into a mass-media spectacle, he finds that his subversive intentions are quickly diluted into a reactionary gesture, and his motivations are revealed as a desperate attempt to seek attention through celebrity.
Unseen since its limited release in 1967, this audacious and prescient - yet criminally overlooked - work by experimental filmmaker Don Levy left a profound mark on the landscape of late-1960s British cinema, with echoes of its visual style evident in the most celebrated work of such notable directors as Stanley Kubrick, Nicolas Roeg and Michael Winner.
- Newly transferred to High Definition from the original negative under the supervision of Levy associate, Amnon Buchbinder
- Alternative 1.33:1 full frame presentation **Blu-ray exclusive**
- Interview with Don Levy (1973): the only known recording of Levy discussing Herostratus
- Ten Thousand Talents (1960, 24 mins): Levy's student film, set in Cambridge, featuring the voice of Peter Cook
- Time Is (1964, 29 mins): Levy's remarkable experimental documentary
- Five Films (1967, 9 mins): Levy's hypnotic experiments in film editing techniques
- Extensive illustrated booklet with newly commissioned contributions and original documentation
- 1-disc DVD: DVD-9 | Aspect ratio 1.77:1 | PAL | Dolby Digital mono audio (320 kbps)
- 2-disc Blu-ray: BD50 + BD25 | Aspect ratios 1.77:1 + 1.33:1 | 1080 | 24fps | PCM mono audio (48k/24-bit)
UK | 1967 | colour | English, optional subtitles for the hearing-impaired | 137 minutes
Blu-ray: amazon.co.uk | play.com
DVD: amazon.co.uk | play.com
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