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The Ballad of Tam Lin


Released: 10th October 2022

Barcode: 5035673014547

  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Studio: BFI
  • Certification: 15
  • Category: Cult
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Released: 10th October 2022

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  • Description

    The 45th release in the BFI Flipside series of rediscovered British cinema, The Ballad of Tam Lin was the first and only film directed by the Hollywood actor Roddy McDowall (best known, perhaps, for The Planet of the Apes). 

    Loosely based on the traditional Scottish folk ballad, this 1971 rarity stars silver screen icon Ava Gardner (The Killers) as a mysterious and wealthy older woman who uses witchcraft to exercise control over a group of younger hippies and thrill-seekers (played by a sensational cast including Ian McShane (Deadwood), Joanna Lumley (Absolutely Fabulous) and Bruce Robinson (WithnailAnd I). Features music is by folk-rock legends Pentangle, and spectacular cinematography by Academy Award-winner Billy Williams (Women in Love, Gandhi). 

    Part folk-horror and part Blow-Up style, Swinging-60s critique, this unique cult film is being made available for the first time on Blu-ray in the UK.

    • Presented in High Definition
    • Interview with Roddy McDowall (1998, 17 mins)
    • Interview with Jacqui McShee (2022): newly recorded interview with the lead singer of British folk-jazz band Pentangle
    • **FIRST PRESSING ONLY** Illustrated booklet with new writing on the film by William Fowler
    • Other extras TBC
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    Actors Stephanie Beacham, Richard Wattis, Ian McShane, Ava Gardner, Cyril Cusack, Bruce Robinson, Jenny Hanley, Joanna Lumley, Sinead Cusack, Fabia Drake
    Directed by Roddy McDowall
    Additional info Language(s): English, Hard of Hearing Subtitles: English, Interactive Menu
    No. of discs 1 disc(s)
    Duration 106 mins
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