1982

Visions Series 1 Programme 1, 10 November 1982
13th January, 1982

From 10 November 1982, the inaugural ‘Visions’ cinema magazine for the then week old Channel 4. Features an interview with Paul Schrader, Angela Carter’s review of Greenaway’s newly released ‘The Draughtsman’s Contract’ and an opening montage What is Cinema? defining the scope of the series made by critic Tony Rayns. Produced by Keith Griffiths and Simon Hartog, series editor John Ellis

 

1983

Michael Snow: Snow in England
19th January, 1983

Interview and profile of experimental filmmaker Michael Snow from 1983. Includes extracts from ‘Back and Forth’, ‘Wavelength’, ‘La Region Central’, ‘So Is This’ and gallery piece ‘Two Sides To Every Story’. Made for Channel 4 ‘Visions’ and broadcast 19 January 1983. Interview: Simon Field; Director: Keith Griffiths

CINEMA IN CHINA (VISIONS 14/9/1983)
14th September, 1983

History of filmmaking in China from its beginnings in the 1920s to 1982, featuring Shanghai cinema of 1930s; the progressive filmmakers; the organisation of filmmaking under the post-war communist government; the impact of the Cultural Revolution; the work of Xie Jin. Presenter: Tony Rayns. Director: Ron Orders. Producers: John Ellis Simon Hartog, Keith Griffiths. Channel 4 Visions series, 14 September 1983

. Total length 57 mins

1984

Wendy Toye and Sally Potter: Two Directors (9/5/1984)
9th May, 1984

Two women directors of different generations – both trained as dancers – meet for the first time. Sally Potter’s first feature ‘Gold Diggers’ had just been released. Wendy Toye’s career began in theatre and she directed her first short ‘The Stranger left No Card’ in 1952. She worked for Korda and Rank, making both comedies and uncanny tales. Directed by Gina Newson for Channel 4’s Visions series, 1984. Duration 52 mins.

Angela Carter and Neil Jordan discuss ‘A Company of Wolves’
17th October, 1984

Neil Jordan directed ‘A Company of Wolves’ from Angela Carter’s 1979 short story in her ‘Bloody Chamber’ collection of retold stories. Anna Ambrose interviews them about storytelling and the film influences on this highly successful movie. From Visions 17 October 1984.

Family Business by Chantal Akerman
21st November, 1984

Chantal Akerman was commissioned by Visions to make this short film for £20,000. It was first shown on 21 November 1984. Akerman herself plays the role of a director visiting Hollywood to find financing from an uncle she hardly knows. Very little goes to plan… Also stars Aurore Clement and Colleen Camp

1985

Ghosts in the Machine, 16/1/1985
16th January, 1985

The Deutsches Filmmuseum opened late in 1984. On 16 January 1985, UK Channel 4’s ‘Visions’ monthly magazine programme about cinema celebrated in distinctive style. Keith Griffiths’ entertaining item, modelled on a magic lantern lecture about the eye, outlines the history of pre-cinematic devices with many hands-on demonstrations and present-day bricolage reconstructions of devices. Includes examples of Reynaud’s Theatre Optique, Kinetoscope, Thaumatrope, Zoetrope and a Lumiere Cinematographe used as a projector An imaginative 10 minute tour of the newly opened hands-on Frankfurt Filmmuseum. The narrator is a bored doctor outlining the nineteenth century theories of sight which underlie many of these experimental means of animating images.

A Dream from the Bath (Marc Karlin) 24/4/1985
1st April, 1985

Mac Karlin made this contemplative short film for a special edition of Visions about the state of the British Film Industry. In a series of moody sequences he reflects on the realities of the everyday life of filmmakers; on the ruination of entertainment cinema; the ingrained habits of much British filmmaking; and his hopes and fears for the future.

Now About this Policy 24/4/1985
24th April, 1985

Mick Eaton directed and Alan Drury scripted this amusing and insightful view of the twists and turns of UK government film policies. Shot using the then-new video technique of blue screen studio, it features Geoffrey Keen (who played the Minister of Defence in six Bond films) as the hapless Minister, and Joan Blackham and Jack Elliott as the ineffectual civil servants. It was the first part of a special edition of Visions devoted to the problems of British cinema.

1989

New Chinese Cinema
9th April, 1989

Tony Rayns presents the work of the ‘Fifth Generation’ and other innovative filmmakers who emerged during the 1980s in China. They include: Chen Kaige, Zhankg Yimou, Zhang Zemin, Hu Mei, Wu Tianming, Tian Zhuangzhuang, Huang Jianxing, Zhang Jianya, Wu Yigong, Huang Jianzhong,Zheng Dongtian, Ling Zifeng.

1991

The Holy Family Album
3rd December, 1991

Writer Angela Carter’s last work, a searing critique of Christian imagery, narrated by Carter and directed from her detailed script by JoAnn Kaplan. For script see Press

1992

Seeking Approval
6th May, 1992

Rosalind Coward presents the arguments from her ground-breaking book ‘Our Treacherous Hearts: Why Women Let Men Get their Way’ (Faber & Faber 1992) in this stylish film directed by Agnieska Piotrowska. It examines how women collude with old patterns of “feminine” behaviour which encircle and limit them; two pairs of sisters examine their lives from girlhood to the present day. Produced by Large Door for Channel 4’s ‘Female Parts’ series, first shown May 1992

1993

BRAZIL: BEYOND CITIZEN KANE (September 1993)
6th January, 1993

Simon Hartog’s definitive 1993 investigation into the power of TV in Brazil, and the power of TV Globo in particular. Partly a history of TV in Brazil; partly an examination of Globo’s innovations and its cultural power; partly a revelation of how that cultural power was used to support successive right-wing regimes. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beyond_C… for more information

1995

French Cooking in Ten Minutes (1)
1st January, 1995

Nick Cooper had the brilliant idea of dramatising a cookery book, specifically the 1930s classic French Cooking in Ten Minutes. In each episode, the writer of the book, Edouard de Pomiane, cooks a 3 course meal for two in ten minutes. Why? That is the mystery which sustains the series. It was made for BBC2 and screened between 10.20 and 10.30 over six weeks.

French Cooking in Ten Minutes (2)
2nd January, 1995

Nick Cooper had the brilliant idea of dramatising a cookery book, specifically the 1930s classic French Cooking in Ten Minutes. In each episode, the writer of the book, Edouard de Pomiane, cooks a 3 course meal for two in ten minutes. Why? That is the mystery which sustains the series. It was made for BBC2 and screened between 10.20 and 10.30 over six weeks.

French Cooking in Ten Minutes (3)
3rd January, 1995

Nick Cooper had the brilliant idea of dramatising a cookery book, specifically the 1930s classic French Cooking in Ten Minutes. In each episode, the writer of the book, Edouard de Pomiane, cooks a 3 course meal for two in ten minutes. Why? That is the mystery which sustains the series. It was made for BBC2 and screened between 10.20 and 10.30 over six weeks.

French Cooking in Ten Minutes (4)
4th January, 1995

The romance intensifies, and so does the cuisine. The secrets of ten minute cookery revealed by the author of the 1930s classic book ‘French Cooking in Ten Minutes’, Edouard de Pomiane. Episode 4 of the 6 part BBC2 series from 1995, scripted by Nick Cooper and expertly played by Christopher Rozycki.

Nick Cooper had the brilliant idea of dramatising a cookery book, specifically the 1930s classic French Cooking in Ten Minutes. In each episode, the writer of the book, Edouard de Pomiane, cooks a 3 course meal for two in ten minutes. Why? That is the mystery which sustains the series. It was made for BBC2 and screened between 10.20 and 10.30 over six weeks.

French Cooking in Ten Minutes (5)
5th January, 1995

Edouard de Pomiane’s romance with food, and with a mysterious woman, continues in this adaptation of the 1930s classic French Cooking in Ten Minutes. It is July 1930. A Polish doctor in Paris lets us into the secrets of his speedy yet elegant cooking, as well as giving a discrete glimpse into his private life.

Nick Cooper had the brilliant idea of dramatising a cookery book, specifically the 1930s classic French Cooking in Ten Minutes. In each episode, the writer of the book, Edouard de Pomiane, cooks a 3 course meal for two in ten minutes. Why? That is the mystery which sustains the series. It was made for BBC2 and screened between 10.20 and 10.30 over six weeks.

French Cooking in Ten Minutes (6)
6th January, 1995

Nick Cooper had the brilliant idea of dramatising a cookery book, specifically the 1930s classic French Cooking in Ten Minutes. In each episode, the writer of the book, Edouard de Pomiane, cooks a 3 course meal for two in ten minutes. Why? That is the mystery which sustains the series. It was made for BBC2 and screened between 10.20 and 10.30 over six weeks.

1996

The Man Who Ruined the British Film Industry
7th March, 1996

Controversial profile of Sir John Davis (1906-1993), the fearsome managing director of the Rank Organisation in the 1950s and 1960s, when it was responsible for much of British film production and exhibition. Davis still had the power to intimidate many of the interviewees from beyond the grave. Features interviews with Lewis Gilbert, Derek Bond, Christopher Lee, Anthony Havelock Allen, Betty Box, Sir Denis Forman, John Boulting, Bill Annett.  Produced and directed by John Ellis for Large Door and Channel 4, 1996