Triv’s Back! and we’ve decided to take a look at the AGFA’s FABULOUS job in remastering some of the weirdest and wildest Drugs PSA’s from the 50’s through to the 70’s. the sets over 3 hours long, so rather than run ourselves into the ground, we’ve decided to split it into 2 parts, part 2 will be coming towards the end of the year, but for now! dim the lights, grab your munchies and prepare to just say NO!
It was Iain Lee who first introduced me to “Slade In: ‘Flame’ ” via his radio show a few years ago. If memory serves he dedicated nearly an hour of one of his shows to Slade, the band and this film in particular. mentioning that it was one of the best films he’d ever seen. So naturally I immediately went to look for a copy, at which point my testicles retracted into my pelvis as I saw the price was way more than I could ever afford.
I was incredibly lucky last year to score this film for a tenner. when; at the time prices were between 75 and 200 pounds for a copy. Since making this review the price has drastically decreased…it’s still a bit pricy for a nearly 10 year old DVD (Between 15 and 25 pounds at the time of writing) but if you like what you see in this review, I say go and grab it. it’s a really nice little movie…I’d maybe stop short of saying it’s essential. But Im happy that I have a copy and if nothing else it introduced me to the world of “Slade” which; well, other than that christmas song. there wasnt really a whole lotta Slade going on in my life.
I would genuinely like to see what a Bluray scan of this film would surface…it’d also be nice to have a proper “Making of” for this one, as while the hour long interview with Noddy Holder present on the disc is MORE than welcome…it’s only really one side of the story and it’d be nice to hear about the whole bands experiences (Or even the writers and directors thoughts…assuming they arnt suffering from a case of fatal death)
A great little film. genuinely. and one I’ll probably end up digging out again sooner rather than later.
(This poster is WAY too busy…but the DVD art is WAY too minimalist…it’s all or nothing with Slade…this was the learning curve I’ve been on.)
A shorter post than usual from me this time round but I thought I would try something a bit different with this one. I’ve wanted to cover Documentary as a genre on my youtube channel now pretty much since I started it over 2 years ago. but whenever I’ve tried (And their have been many failed attempts) they’ve either come out WAAAAAY too short or I just wasnt happy with the end result. I always felt they were lacking…and while Im not going to say im exactly a beacon of high water level quality; I do want to make sure that im at least happy with what I put out.
And so the idea to compile a few of these was born. apart these reviews felt a bit orphaned. but together I feel like it forms a comprehensive look into some of the films I’ve wanted to talk about for years but never actually had the chance to. I didnt really get into watching documentaries until my mid to late teens (More often than not I was having them thrust upon me rather than me actively deciding to seek them out) so im not exactly brimming with documentaries to recommend. but I have a few I’d like to share (And this video did a bit better than I was expecting) so I may well do a DOC-SHOCK 2 (Electric Boogaloo) at some point in the future.
For now. I can recommend any of the 4 I speak about in this review and they’re all (For the most part) quite easy to find. I hope you get a kick out of them in the same way I did.
(Out of all of these my favourite poster has to be the Video Naties one. Though “The Nomi Song” also has a soft spot in my heart in terms of posters)
In celebration of hitting a 200 subscriber milestone I thought I’d offer up a bit of a bonus video this week! here’s a commentary we recorded in November 2018 covering over 150 Public information films. We were really rather “Merry”. and we will admit it’s a bit more towards the “Derek and Clive” end of the spectrum as a result. Still! here’s to the next 200! and we hope you enjoy this dealve into the terrifying world of the UK in the 1970’s and 80’s
I did it! One year on Youtube and it’s a double celebration because with this article the entire site is now backdated which in turn means I can finally make this site public to the public! So Hello if you’ve seen my nightmare fueled advert and welcome! you’ll find plenty around here to keep you busy so please feel free to leave a comment or say hi!
Public information films have been something that i’ve been interested in for a number of years, as a kid I mainly remember the “Think” campaign but there were many others that happened around this time that really stuck in my mind.
It wasnt really until I met my very good friend Ben that I discovered there was an active following for public information films, and that further more he’d been collecting them for years. we’d swap stories of P.I.F’s from around the world regularly and he’d happily point me to some form of carnage as and when he found it. Ben produced a documentary called “Out of your tiny minds” or something similar (Titled from the pif that shares the same name) So when it came to tackling these films I really couldnt think of anyone better to help me. I really cant thank him enough for giving up his time to help me make this and to do it right.
It was very difficult to decide which public information films would make it into this special and which wouldnt, but after the positive response i’ve recieved from this video i’ll almost certainly do a follow up in future. Though quite when that’ll be I couldnt honestly say.
For now though, im happy. A year might not seem like a long time to be doing youtube but it’s been an eye opening experience and I really hope Im here this time next year telling you just how excited I am to have been here now for 2 years!
Thank you to everyone who’s regularly tuned in and followed me on this Journey it really means a lot and thank you in particular to everyone who’s reached out and offered either video recommendations or collaboration opportunities. you’ve really made me feel very welcome and I hope there are many further good times ahead.