When Suzy arrives in London to visit an old school friend, she is unwittingly plunged into the ruthless world of the ‘groupie’. Fuelled by sex, drugs and jealousy, her new lifestyle fosters in her a cold, cynical instinct for survival.But tragedy is never far away.
With its effective blend of gritty location work, brooding flash-forward devices, and a soundtrack by cult acid folk and prog rock legends Comus, Forever More – who also star – and Titus Groan, Permissive is a dark British counter-cultural artefact that’s shot through with grim authenticity. As a bonus, this release also includes Stanley Long’s ultra-rare Bread, a film which, whilst exploring the same cultural milieu as Permissive (and featuring its own bona fide cult British rock band, Juicy Lucy), takes a somewhat more lighthearted approach to its subject.
- Import DVD
- PAL Region 2
- Original Permissive trailer
- Bread (Stanley Long, 1971, 66 minutes): whilst hitch-hiking back from the Isle of Wight Festival, a group of friends decide to stage their own music event. But how will they afford it?
- Bread – deleted scenes (13 minutes): newly transferred from the original negative
- Ave You Got a Male Assistant Please Miss? (Graham Jones, Jon Astley, 1973, 4 mins): an unreservedly ’70s take on the safe sex message
- Extensive illustrated booklet with contributions by I Q Hunter and Lee Dorrian, and Comus band-members’ recollections of working on the film