Directed by John Mackenzie (The Long Good Friday, Just Another Saturday), this acclaimed and long-unseen BBC TV Play for Today from 1978 is adapted by Alan Garner (The Owl Service) from his own complex and enthralling sci-fi fantasy novel.
Red Shift takes the viewer on a beguiling voyage through English history, spanning three distinct time periods: Roman Britain, the English Civil War and 1970s modern day. Garner’s story follows three troubled young men, Tom, Thomas and Macey, who occupy these different eras and are haunted by shared visions. They are also linked by a common location (Mow Cop in south Cheshire) and by the discovery of a mystical talisman: an ancient axe-head.
Exploring themes of mysticism, folklore and geography that are common in Alan Garner’s fantasy novels, Red Shift is a uniquely compelling Play for Today from the golden age of BBC drama.
Red Shift will be released on DVD for the first time on 13th October 2014 at the RRP of £19.99 as part of the BFI’s Sci-Fi: Days of Fear and Wonder, a 3-month nationwide celebration of Sci-Fi film and TV.
Featuring a brand new high definition transfer, the disc will have the following extras:
One Pair of Eyes: Alan Garner – All Systems Go (Lawrence Moore, 1972, 40 mins): an experimental, autobiographical documentary presented by Alan Garner
Interview with 1st Assistant Director Bob Jacobs and Film Editor Oliver White (2013, 5 mins)
Spirit of Cheshire (Kevin Marsland, 1980, 20 mins): Michael Hordern voices a Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost on a journey to several Cheshire landmarks and tourist attractions
Illustrated booklet with extensive credits and newly commissioned essays from David Rolinson, Alan Garner, Michael Brooke, Paul Vanezis and Sergio Angelini