Described as 'the best of us' by Stephen Frears, Alan Clarke was the most radical and uncompromising of the generation of directors who forged their careers on British TV.
In 2016 Clarke is championed by the BFI with a season at BFI Southbank cinema, a DVD/Blu-ray box set and this collection on BFI Player. To complement the box set, which focuses on Clarke's BBC films, BFI Player presents the director's few forays into feature-films and his work for ITV and Associated-Rediffusion.
Sport197356 minsDirector: Alan Clarke
Alan Clarke’s film of a day in the life of a professional footballer as he deals with the newfound pressures of money, glamour and celebrity in the 1970s game.
Billy the Kid and the Green Baize Vampire
Musical198590 minsDirector: Alan Clarke
Alan Clarke’s once derided feature is surely the only vampire snooker musical in cinema history and a genuine cult artefact ripe for rediscovery.
The Gold Robbers: The Arrangement
196953 minsDirector: Alan Clarke
Alan Clarke directs this episode of a 13-part serial inspired by The Great Train Robbery of 1963, starring Peter Vaughan as the dogged detective on the case.