Kenny Everett was a comedy genius who seems to have slipped from the public mind- the “Kenny Everett Video Show” ran for 3 seasons from 1978 and in hindsight was ground breaking in many ways and best of all was very funny most of the time. Looking at a “best of ” VHS compilation its great fun to see Hot Gossip doing their thing as well as pop acts like David Essex, David Bowie, The Pretenders, Elvis Costello et al doing very primitive music videos which were great much better than the million dollar over produced shit we get these days. At the time visual effects were very basic but Everett used what was available to great comic effect which just shows how wasted all the high end VFX is most of the time. Enjoy Tinselman !!
Richard Burton stars in this great British gangster film – it failed at the box office, killed off Richard Burton’s star power but despite some short comings it is fantastic. The cast are first rate as is the script. This was the director Michael Tuchner first feature film – a very impressive debut. He has directed 45 films mostly TV but he has had a long career none the less.
Richard Burton’s best and most controversial scene is a sex scene with Ian McShane – Burton tells him not to make any noise- hits McShane in the gut a few times then undresses for sex telling him very matter of fact as he does so that tomorrow they will go shopping for some good suits for him.
The scene was cut from the theatrical release but was included in the VHS release in the 80’s. Without that scene Richard Burton’s character makes no sense- what a shame cinema audiences didn’t get the impact of the full film especially since by 1971 with the American New Wave in full swing all bets were off in terms of censorship. Once again thank God for the VHS era- so many great films that would never have seen the light of day had it not been for VHS. The VHS of Villain itself is quite rare but luckily Warners Archive have it on DVD (I haven’t seen it but I am sure it is as the director intended) so it wont go extinct as so may films will do as the VHS cassettes fall apart with age.
Ian McShane reported that Richard Burton said that he was glad he was doing the sex scene with him as he reminded Richard Burton of Elizabeth Taylor. Interesting motivation!
Critic Jonas Mekis perfectly summed up this movie up with the following
“Bad in a very original way….more stupid than bad”
Far too much acting for sustained viewing !
In the early days of VHS pretty much whatever got made got released and as a consequence some very good movies found an audience that eluded them on the theatrical release if indeed it even had a shot. Also some real crap got released but for the most part it was happy days for all especially the punters.
Fast forward to the VOD era now ramping up 12 years from its inception and it’s a very different story and not a good one yet.
All the panelists agreed at both sessions that just because your film was available for download on whatever platform you care to name didn’t mean it would sell even if it were on offer for free as is the case at snag films . More than ever the film makers whose films were without major cast or marketing dollars would need to work even harder during and after their film was finished to sell their baby. Without it no one will find your film no matter how good it is.
Evidently if you film title states with letters at the beginning of the alphabet that helps. Hard to believe but true. Eamonn Bowles from Magnolia said when your film drops out of the favourites page on the home page at Comcast the revenue drops of the cliff.
Nigel Sinclair from the finance conference on day 3 made a similar point that the way you find VOD movies is very clumsy and the interface must eventually evolve into a more user friendly experience like the video store of old where you could browse and if you couldn’t find something you liked the video store clerk could give you a recommendation. That model worked a treat for 20 years but has yet to be replicated in the VOD world.
Jason Janego from Radius said that their film Bachelorette did 7M to date on VOD which may or not be the VOD box office champ. Still chump change compared to hangover2 which 550 plus in the US. Only 15% of film business happens online in any of its myriad forms 85% still happens in the physical world either at the theatre or DVD. At this stage everyone is fighting over the scraps on VOD and of that 15% most of it would go to the films that have already had a big marketing push one way or the other.
The final word from the panel was make a great movie and we will find you.
The infamous dude spoke to the panel about the eventual convergence of social media marketing and film distribution . He says that when the right movie comes, along something with deep social significance or strong emotion or personal resonance, not the
so what the fuck kind if story currently on offer
It will destroy the 90 day window between theatrical and VOD and all the other platforms forever and it will transcend all the various difficulties with the user interfaces it will be a link pushed to the user and everyone wins even the theatres . Lets hope he is right.
Nigel Sinclair from exclusive media made a good comment that the browsing experience we had with the video store has not been replicated on the Internet download model he thinks when some better method is curating what’s on offer is found the space will finally come into its own.
Can’t agree more!