Rent Winstanley (1975)

3.7 of 5 from 62 ratings
1h 32min
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Synopsis:
1649. With poverty and unrest sweeping England, a group of impoverished men and women, known as the Diggers, form a settlement on St George's Hill, Surrey Inspired by the visionary leadership of Gerrard Winstanley, the commune's tireless, yet peaceful, attempts to assert their right to cultivate and share the wealth of the common land, are met with crushing hostility from local landowners and government troops.
Actors:
David Bramley, , , Alison Halliwell, , , Phil Oliver, Bill Petch, Barry Shaw, Sid Rawle,
Directors:
,
Producers:
Kevin Brownlow, Andrew Mollo
Studio:
BFI Video
Genres:
British Films, Classics, Drama
Countries:
UK
BBFC:
Release Date:
03/08/2009
Run Time:
92 minutes
Languages:
English
Subtitles:
English Hard of Hearing
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Full Screen 1.33:1 / 4:3
Colour:
B & W
Bonus:
  • New filmed interview with Kevin Brownlow and Andrew Mollo (38 mins)
  • It Happened Here Again (Eric Mival, 1976, 48 mins), the making of Winstanley
  • 9 Dalmuir West (Kevin Brownlow, 1962, 12 minutes), a record of the last weekend Glasgow trams
BBFC:
Release Date:
03/08/2009
Run Time:
92 minutes
Languages:
English LPCM Mono
Subtitles:
English Hard of Hearing
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Full Screen 1.33:1 / 4:3
Colour:
B & W
Bonus:
  • New filmed interview with Kevin Brownlow and Andrew Mollo
  • It Happened Here Again (Eric Mival, 1976), the making of Winstanley
  • 9 Delamuir West (Kevin Brownlow, 1962), a record of the last weekend of Glasgow trams

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Reviews (1) of Winstanley

Sharp and Perceptive Account of Forgotten Episode of History - Winstanley review by CV

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20/08/2018

This film is a true labour of love where funds were put up by the director and producer themselves, relying on a cast of amateurs bar one professional, where the inspirational content of the film was enough to forget any thought of commercial viability. And there was no compromise on authenticity of period detail either, even down to the employment of contemporary now-rare breeds of pig and chickens!

It is shot in black-and-white enhancing a historical quality and the somewhat deliberate delivery of dialogue and stiffness of manners of the amateur acting is so appropriate for the sobriety and severity of that post-Civil War age.

The bonus material is fascinating, an interview discussing how the film was made and it was quite heartening to see a powerful message, great cinematic and art override any desire for ready-profit.

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