They Made Me a Fugitive (Region Free)

Type: New Blu-Ray

(Alberto Cavalcanti, 1947)
Release date: 28 August 2023
Standard Edition Blu-ray

Directed by Alberto Cavalcanti (Went the Day Well?Dead of Night), They Made Me a Fugitive is a prime example of British film noir.

Trevor Howard (Who?The Missionary) plays Clem Morgan, an RAF officer during the war, now unemployed since demobilisation. Turning to the black market, he finds himself embroiled in a life of crime that will lead to prison, a daring escape, and a deadly manhunt.

Boasting striking cinematography by Otto Heller, whose later credits would include Michael Powell’s Peeping Tom and classic Cold War thriller The Ipcress FileThey Made Me a Fugitive is accompanied by two rare short films, made during Howard’s own time in the RAF during WWII, featuring his earliest known on-screen appearances.


  • 2K restoration by the British Film Institute
  • Original mono audio
  • The John Player Lecture with Alberto Cavalcanti (1970, 62 mins): archival audio recording of the celebrated director at London’s National Film Theatre, including an audience Q&A with fellow filmmakers Michael Balcon, Paul Rotha and Basil Wright
  • After Effects (2019, 29 mins): appreciation by author and film historian Neil Sinyard
  • About the Restoration (2019, 14 mins): the BFI’s Kieron Webb discusses the process of restoring the film
  • Squaring the Circle (1941, 33 mins): dramatised Royal Air Force training film, starring Trevor Howard in his first known film role
  • The Aircraft Rocket (1944, 9 mins): extract from a multi-part RAF technical film, featuring Howard
  • Image gallery: promotional and publicity material
  • New and improved English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing