"Actor: Peter Ackroyd"

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  • Jeffrey Bernard Is Unwell [1999]Jeffrey Bernard Is Unwell | DVD | (02/10/2000) from £N/A   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £19.99

    Peter O'Toole is dazzling as Jeffrey Bernard: Spectator columnist raconteur hopeful lover hopeless husband heroic drinker and funniest man you are ever likely to meet. Recorded live at the Old Vic Theatre in London this video of Keith Waterhouse's brilliant play immortalises a host of insanely hilarious characters from the bitingly critical stagehand at the Royal Opera House to the mad genius who invented cat racing.

  • Peter Ackroyd's Venice [DVD]Peter Ackroyd's Venice | DVD | (26/08/2013) from £11.09   |  Saving you £8.90 (80.25%)   |  RRP £19.99

    Peter Ackroyd presents this four-part documentary about the cultural history of Venice. The episodes are: 'The City As Architecture', 'The City As Art', 'The City As Music' and 'The City As Theatre'.

  • Against The Wall [1994]Against The Wall | DVD | (02/06/2003) from £8.21   |  Saving you £0.77 (14.75%)   |  RRP £5.99

    This HBO docu-drama depicts the notorious 1971 prison revolt at the State Penitentiary at Attica, in upstate New York. One can sense the mastery of veteran theatrical feature director John Frankenheimer at the helm, in the movie's gripping suspense and gritty, hard-hitting realism. The semi-fictionalised narrative is told from the point of view of young Michael Smith, (Kyle MacLachlan), a newly recruited prison guard (the real Smith worked as a consultant on the film). When Smith arrives at Attica, the place is a revolt waiting to happen. When riots break out and the inmates take command of the prison, Smith and several other guards are held hostage. In this powder-keg climate, a relationship develops between Smith and the rebellion's wise, cool-headed leader, Jamaal, (the superb Samuel L Jackson), a political prisoner representing the African Liberation Movement. The insurrection at Attica became emblematic of protests taking place all over the United States at the time. "We've got a civil war going on in this country," says one prison guard, "This is where we hold the line." Against the Wall illustrates in no uncertain terms which side won this particular battle, and at what tragic cost. Then it goes one step further, becoming a platform for contemporary prison reform. The film's terrific performances include Clarence L Williams III as a wild-eyed, malcontent prisoner, Frederic Forrest as a rabid prison guard and Anne Heche as Smith's stalwart wife. --Laura Mirsky

  • Peter Ackroy's Thames [DVD]Peter Ackroy's Thames | DVD | (14/11/2011) from £12.13   |  Saving you £3.86 (31.82%)   |  RRP £15.99

    It is one of the world’s most famous rivers and the reason that London exists. Author Peter Ackroyd introduces the River Thames “a symbol of eternity, in its unending cycle of movement and change.” To him, it is a ‘sacred river’ with fascinating history that tells the story of England itself and in this fascinating series he looks at the Thames in all its moods, meets the people who have grown up on its banks, and finds out how painters, poets, writers, and musicians have portrayed it down the centuries. His journey takes him from the source of the river, deep on the English countryside, to the mysterious place where it meets the open sea.

  • Sickert's London [1992]Sickert's London | DVD | (23/07/2018) from £9.98   |  Saving you £3.00 (42.92%)   |  RRP £9.99

    Although Walter Sickert is considered the father of modern British painting he was born in Germany. He became Britain's most famous artist but after his death he drifted into obscurity ironically rejected for the same inventive spirit that had first made his name. He remains one of the undiscovered heroes of modern art. This vivid film discovers Howard Hodgkin rummaging in the Sickert archive follows Frank Auerbach around the streets of Camden Town encourages Professor Quentin Bell to recall what it was like to be drawn by the man himself; artist John Wannacott studies the drawings; Peter Ackroyd describes the context of London's back streets and secrets; Lady Mary Soames reveals the artists' friendship with her father Winston Churchill; solicitor Sir David Napley shares Sickert's fascination with The Camden Town Murder while Sickert's biographer Richard Shone explodes the myth that Sickert was Jack the Ripper. With music by Jools Holland and Sickert's writings read by Alan Bennett this film manages to conjure up the spirit of one of Europe's greatest artists.

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