Letter to Brezhnev: A film by Chris Bernard. Written by Frank Clarke. With Peter Firth, Alfred Molina, Alexandra Pigg, Margi Clarke
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One of the most significant and influential British films of the 1980s, Letter to Brezhnev is a touching romantic tale set against the backdrop of Thatcherism, Liverpool’s club scene, one-night stands and a Europe still in the grip of the Cold War. Written by Frank Clarke and directed by Chris Bernard, the film starred a fresh young cast. Now, more than 30 years on, it will be released by the BFI on Blu-ray (for the first time) and DVD in a Dual Format Edition on 24 April 2017. Special features include new interviews with cast members and a new audio commentary.
Two Merseyside girls escape their humdrum lives for a night on the town, where they meet two Russian sailors on shore leave. For Teresa (Margi Clarke), it’s a welcome bit of fun, but for Elaine (Alexandra Pigg, who was nominated for a BAFTA Award) it turns into much more. Letter to Brezhnev remains a hilarious and uplifting tale of how love and idealism can help ordinary people realise their dreams.
- From Liverpool with Love (15 mins): original making-of documentary
- Newly filmed interview with actors Alexandra Pigg and Peter Firth
- Newly filmed interview with actor Margi Clarke
- Audio commentary with actor Margi Clarke
- New audio commentary with director Chris Bernard and screenwriter Frank Clarke
- Original theatrical trailer
- Illustrated booklet including new writing by Frank Clarke and Professor Juliet Hallam
RRP: £19.99/ Cat. no. BFIB1265 / Cert 15
UK / 1985 / colour / 94 mins / English language, with optional hard-of-hearing subtitles / original aspect ratio 1.66:1 // BD50: 1080p, 24fps, PCM 2.0 stereo (48kHz/24-bit) // DVD9: PAL, 25fps, Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo (320kbps)