Remembrance (1982 movie)

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Remembrance
Directed byColin Gregg
Produced byColin Gregg
Written byHugh Stoddart
CinematographyJohn Metcalfe
Edited byPeter Delfgou
Distributed byChannel Four Films
Release date
  • November 1982 (1982-11)
Running time
130 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom
LanguageEnglish
Budget£325,000[1]

Remembrance is a drama about Royal Navy ratings of HMS Raleigh. They are about to go on a six-month naval exercise. Some well-known British actors had early roles in the film. They include Timothy Spall, Lisa Maxwell and John Altman. It was Gary Oldman's first film.[2][3]

It was made by Channel Four Films and was shown in the first week of Channel 4 broadcasting.[4] It was also one of the first films in the UK to be shown on television less than three years after its initial cinema release. Before this event, a three year delay was made by the Cinema Exhibitors' Association.[5]

Plot[change | change source]

The film follows several naval ratings with the story switching between the characters. The naval ratings prepare for their coming months away at sea. The action takes place around the bars and clubs of the Union Street district of Plymouth. One major event that affects all the characters is the hospitalisation, and eventual death, of Daniel, played by Gary Oldman. This is after a violent assault by a nightclub bouncer.

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Gregg got the idea for the film from his own experiences as a student at Plymouth Art College.[6] It was shot on location. It includes interior scenes in two Union Street pubs, The Phoenix and The Two Trees.[4]

The film was commissioned by Channel 4, before the channel had started broadcasting. It was shown in November 1982, close to Remembrance Sunday. This was in the first week of the new channel[4] .[6]

In June 1982, before being shown on TV, the film had been shown in a cinema, the Screen on the Hill in Hampstead.[7] This was for publicity of the film and the start of Channel 4. It took advantage of the role that the Royal Navy had played in the Falklands War. It was also an importnat event in the relationship between cinema and television in the UK. In Independent Television in Britain (Volume 6, 2003), Paul Bonner and Lesley Aston note that:

"With historical perspective this can be seen as a pivotal point in the relationship between cinema and television [...] In the following two years Justin Dukes' formidable negotiating skills were brought to bear on the restrictive practice by the Cinema Exhibitors' Association of preventing any film for cinema showing being shown on television for three years after its release [...] Dukes argued that... if the films could not be shown on television when the channel which had paid for all or part of their cost... then they would not get made. He was successful in getting the embargo lifted for films costing less than £1.25 million (later this was to rise to £2 million). It was a major step forward for the channel and, as it was to turn out, for the cinema industry also."[5]

Cast[change | change source]

Soundtrack[change | change source]

Background music is from "Aragon" by Brian Eno.

Reception[change | change source]

Channel 4's regulator, the Independent Broadcasting Authority (IBA), raised concerns about use of swearing in the script.[8]

The film won the Golden Charybdis Award at the 1982 Taormina International Film Festival.[9]

References[change | change source]

  1. BRITISH PRODUCTION 1981 Moses, Antoinette. Sight and Sound; London Vol. 51, Iss. 4, (Fall 1982): 258.
  2. Becquart, Charlotte (2017-10-25). "When Gary Oldman launched his career on the Torpoint Ferry". cornwalllive. Retrieved 2018-02-12.
  3. "Film4 - Articles - Gary Oldman Season on Film4 - All 4". www.channel4.com. Retrieved 2018-02-12.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 "Plymouth's Union Street was inspiration for 1980s film". plymouthherald. 2017-10-31. Retrieved 2018-02-18.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Bonner, P.; Aston, L. (2002-12-13). Independent Television in Britain: Volume 6 New Developments in Independent Television 1981-92: Channel 4, TV-am, Cable and Satellite. Springer. p. 197. ISBN 9780230287136.
  6. 6.0 6.1 "Long lost movie filmed in Plymouth launched Hollywood careers". plymouthherald. 2017-10-23. Retrieved 2018-02-18.
  7. Hill, Derek (16 January 2013). "Interview with Derek Hill, film buyer at Channel 4, 1981-1994" (PDF). British Universities Film & Video Council. Retrieved 18 February 2018.
  8. Bonner, P.; Aston, L. (2002-12-13). Independent Television in Britain: Volume 6 New Developments in Independent Television 1981-92: Channel 4, TV-am, Cable and Satellite. Springer. p. 124. ISBN 9780230287136.
  9. Bonner, P.; Aston, L. (2002-12-13). Independent Television in Britain: Volume 6 New Developments in Independent Television 1981-92: Channel 4, TV-am, Cable and Satellite. Springer. p. 102. ISBN 9780230287136.

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