Episode 35: Michael Brooke

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Bill speaks with film writer and DVD/Blu-Ray producer Michael Brooke about his various endeavors, from his years at Hampstead’s Everyman Cinema and the BFI to producing Blu-Ray releases for labels like Arrow Video and Indicator. Topics covered include: London repertory cinemas of the 1980s, Béla Bartók, revisionist video transfers, Ken Russell, video label economics and limited editions, Mehelli Modi and Second Run DVD, Jan Švankmajer, Channel 4's adventurous 1980s programming, audio commentaries, The Quay Brothers and how testing pasta shells for your children can lead you to reconsider appearing on camera.

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Read Michael Brooke’s BFI author page:

http://www.bfi.org.uk/people/michael-brooke

Read an overview of Michael Brooke’s contributions to Sight & Sound:

https://michaelbrooke.wordpress.com/sight-sound-index/

Read Michael Brooke’s essay for Criterion on FANTASTIC PLANET:

https://www.criterion.com/current/posts/4112-fantastic-planet-gambous-amalga

Read Neil Snowdon’s interview with Michael Brooke:

https://www.thedigitalfix.com/film/content/78294/arrow-films-special-an-interview-with-michael-brooke/

Visit BFI Screenonline:

http://www.screenonline.org.uk/

Visit Powerhouse Films:

http://www.powerhousefilms.co.uk/

Visit Second Run DVD:

http://www.secondrundvd.com/

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James Laczkowski