Herostratus (Region B)

Type: New Blu-Ray

An audacious and prescient work that left a profound mark on the landscape of late-60s British cinema, unseen since 1967

When a young poet Michael Gothard  (The Devils, The Valley) 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.

Unseen since 1967, this audacious and prescient work left a profound mark on the landscape of late-1960s British cinema, with echoes of its visual style evident in the work of such directors as Stanley Kubrick, Nicolas Roeg and Michael Winner.

BFI Flipside is dedicated to rediscovering the margins of British film, reclaiming a space for forgotten movies and filmmakers who would otherwise be in danger of disappearing from our screens forever. It is a home for UK cinematic oddities, offering everything from exploitation documentaries to B-movies, countercultural curios and obscure classics, If it's weird, British and forgotten, then it's Flipside.

  • Newly transferred to High Definition from the original negative.
  • Presented in both High Definition and Standard Definition.
  • Rare audio interview with Don Levy (1973, 38 mins)
  • Ten Thousand Talents (1960, 25 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 contributors and original documentation