A film by Leslie Megahey
THE FLIPSIDE: rescuing weird and wonderful British films from obscurity and presenting them in new high-quality editions.
World premiere of this highly sought-after ghost story from the BBC, released in the BFI’s acclaimed Flipside series.
Based on a short story by Sheridan Le Fanu, Schalcken the Painter was originally shown in the Omnibus strand on BBC 2 during Christmas 1979. The story follows a young seventeenth century Flemish painter Godfried Schalcken, who forsakes love for ambition, but discovers that there is still a terrible price to pay for his choice.
One of the most frequently requested programmes in the BBC archive, .Schalcken the Painter is an exquisitely shot, atmospheric horror film which explores the uneasy, dark relationship between art, commerce and erotic desire.
The superb cast includes Jeremy Clyde, Maurice Denman and Cheryl Kennedy.
Newly transferred to High Definition from the film materials preserved in the BFI National Archive, the release includes such as the rare, experimental Edgar Allan Poe adaptation, The Pit (1962), assistant directed by Peter Collinson.
DVD PAL Region 2
Blu-Ray Region B
World premiere release on any home video format
Presented in both High Definition and Standard Definition
The Pit (1962, Edward Abraham, 25 mins): experimental film based on the classic Poe tale The Pit and the Pendulum
The Pledge (Digby Rumsey, 1981, 22 mins): a dark tale of death and friendship, featuring a score by Michael Nyman
Interview with Leslie Magahey (2013, 40 mins): the director of Schalcken the Painter discusses his career and influences
Fully illustrated booklet with original essays and complete film credits