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Nightbirds 1970


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Nightbirds 1970 15

86 mins United Kingdom Director. Andy Milligan

While living rough on the streets of London’s East End, a young man, Dink (Berwick Kaler) encounters the beautiful Dee (Julie Shaw). Seemingly concerned for Dinks welfare, she invites him to stay with her and the pair soon develop a relationship which oscillates between sexual intimacy and raging jealousy. As tenderness gives way to cruelty, their relationship becomes consumed by darkness. An astonishing film by the director of The Body Beneath.

This title is also available on DVD/Blu-ray in the BFI Flipside collection.

Directed by

Andy Milligan


Julie Shaw

Berwick Kaler

Elaine Shaw

Bill Clancy




Weird Worlds Flipside - Cult British Cinema


15 Contains strong sexualised nudity, sex, language and gore




United Kingdom



Production company

Cinemedia Films

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