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Friday, 13 May 2022  |  Admin

Brian Cox's Jute Journey: Hollywood actor Brian Cox visits his home town of Dundee to learn of jute workers who emigrated to Kolkata. It's the big constant in his life.

Faces of Scotland: Nine restored films (seven on DVD edition) about Scotland's heritage. Includes Seawards the Great Ships, Scotland's first Oscar winner

Young in Heart: Five industrial films of Scotland, including the design of the Hillman Imp; Rivers at Work - Hydro-Electric schemes in the Highlands, narrated by John Grierson; and The Invergordon Smelter.

Friday, 25 February 2022  |  Admin

Battle for Music. As the curtain fell under the shadow of war at the end of a wonderful season at Covent Garden, the London Philharmonic Orchestra faced up to voluntary liquidation. At a liquidation meeting held at the Holborn Restaurant in September 1939, a fortnight after the outbreak of war, Sir Thomas Beecham explained that there was no funding to pay the players’ fees or creditors, but the players, led by Thomas Russell, pledged to keep the Orchestra together and manage it themselves. With the blessing of Sir Thomas, the musicians formed a new company with themselves as shareholders and elected a Board of Directors. Viola player Thomas Russell became Secretary and Business Manager of the new company and they resolved to promote the Orchestra themselves and to seek their own engagements. I first learned about this film from archivist David Meeker who had worked with the British Film Institute.

Wednesday, 16 February 2022  |  Admin

The question “Who owns the land?” lies at the heart of writer John McGrath’s classic 1973 play The Cheviot, the Stag and the Black, Black Oil. But to appreciate the remarkable sense of political power and urgency with which this work poses that query, we might also ask ourselves who or what owns the play. After all, the cast of director John Mackenzie’s 1974 BBC TV adaptation includes both professional actors and hourly-paid oil riggers; historical reconstruction rubs shoulders with contemporary documentary interview; human tragedy and brutality alternates with music hall vitality and hilarity; a performance that talks about the past also has a lot to say about the present. At the levels of content and form alike, The Cheviot has a strong claim to be the most provocative, intelligent and enjoyable screen representation of post-1746 Highland history ever made.

Thursday, 10 February 2022  |  Admin

Venus Peter was chosen for the "Un Certain Regard" showings at the Cannes Film Festival in 1989. Young Peter's world is populated with magical thoughts and fantasies, as he grows up with his wise, old grandfather (Ray McAnally), a fisherman, in the Orkney Islands during the 1950s. Based on the novel A Twelvemonth and a Day by Christopher Rush.

Thursday, 3 February 2022  |  Admin

Many years ago I purchased from the United States a VHS video starring my favourite Western actor Randolph Scott. The title was Abilene Town, made in 1946, but sadly the picture quality was very poor, scratched, dark and worn, probably from a 16 mm library print, but the performances of Scott and his co-star, another childhood favourite Rhonda Fleming in her first Western, were brilliant.

After some research I discovered that the producing company, Jules Levey had closed down in the late 1940s. More research uncovered the original camera negatives and I had a high definition transfer produced from a 35 mm fine grain print made from these negatives.

Wednesday, 2 February 2022  |  Admin

If Rhonda Fleming, with Maureen O’Hara and Susan Hayward, were hailed as “The Queen of Technicolor”, then surely Lana Turner, with Bette Davis and Joan Crawford, would be at least short-listed as “The Queen of Melodrama”.

Madame X is based on Alexandre Bisson’s stage which opened in Paris on December 15 1908. An English translation by John Raphael opened in New York City on 2 January 1910 and ran to 125 performances. Madame X has been filmed several times, most notably with Ruth Chatterton and Lewis Stone, directed by Lionel Barrymore in an early sound version of 1929, and Gladys George and Warren William, directed by Sam Wood (A Night at the Opera) and Gustav Muchaty in the 1937 productions. Both of these were MGM productions. Tuesday Weld and Jeremy Brett also starred in a Universal TV movie of the play in 1981, directed by Robert Ellis Miller.

Tuesday, 1 February 2022  |  Admin

If you have purchased a DVD from Panamint Cinema which is also available on Blu-ray, you may purchase the Blu-ray edition at 50% discount by entering a voucher code at the checkout.

Just add the Blu-ray to your shopping basket and enter the last 6 digits of the DVD bar-code which you will find on the back cover.

Tuesday, 4 January 2022  |  Admin

Loyalty accounts offer percentage discounts for all orders after your first order as follows:
1 - 2 titles: 10%; 3 - 4: 15%; 5 + 20%.

When placing your first order, please be sure to create an account, rather than checking out as a guest.

We automatically add loyalty discounts to all new accounts, and it will be applied to all future orders.

Friday, 26 November 2021  |  Admin

In 1951, documentary filmmaker John Grierson established Group 3 films, supported by the National Film Finance Corporation (NFFC), which later helped to launch the careers of Ridley Scott and David Puttman. Group 3 was short-lived, making more than 20 films, and was active only until 1955, by which time it has amassed losses of £500,000.

Group 3's first film was Judgement Deferred, featuring Joan Collins, in only her third film. Group 3's catalogue also included films featuring Diane Cilento, Kenneth More (Brandy for the Parson), Arthur Askey, and Margaret Rutherford in Miss Robin Hood.

Wednesday, 6 October 2021  |  Admin

The Brave Don't Cry (1952), a reconstruction of the mining disaster at Knockshinnoch Castle Colliery Ayrshire in 1950, dramatises the tense events of the rescue of miners trapped underground after a pit shaft was flooded and nine men were lost.

In September 1950, the walls of Knockshinnoch Castle Colliery cave in under a sudden surge of water, trapping 118 men underground. The only escape route is through a series of abandoned tunnels filled with toxic gas. Without enough time to pump out the gas, a dangerous rescue plan is formed by mine inspector John Cameron (John Gregson) and miner's wife Margaret Wishart (Meg Buchanan). With limited breathing equipment on hand, the miners must make their way up to the surface three at a time. The film features actors from the Glasgow Citizen's Theatre. The film was premiered under its new title at the Edinburgh Film Festival in August 1952, and also shown at the Venice Film Festival that year.


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