Radio On

I’m always watching interesting pieces of cinema, so I thought here might be a good place to share some of the gems that I come across, starting with something I watched this weekend; Radio On by Christopher Petit, 1979.

The film is a rare example of British road movie, following a radio DJ driving from London to Bristol along the M4. Shot on a gritty black & white stock, its a moody meditation on the angst and alienation of the recession ravaged, post war landscape of the late 1970s.  The film serves as a fascinating document of what Britain looked like back then, particularly areas local to me, taking in Bristol, Weston-super-Mare, and Blue Anchor down by the Quantock hills. The real highlight however, was the soundtrack, that seriously appeals to my love of British and German post punk music, featuring the likes of Bowie, Kraftwerk and Wreckless Eric. I enjoyed the soundtrack so much I’ve made a Spotify playlist, if anyone else is interested. Well worth a watch.

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