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Radio On (1979)

| Drama, Music, Mystery | 1979 (UK)
Set in 1970's Britain, a man drives from London to Bristol to investigate his brother's death. The purpose of his trip is offset by his encounters with a series of odd people.

Director:

Christopher Petit

Writer:

Christopher Petit (script)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
David Beames David Beames ... Robert
Lisa Kreuzer ... Ingrid
Sandy Ratcliff ... Kathy
Andrew Byatt Andrew Byatt ... Deserter
Sue Jones-Davies Sue Jones-Davies ... Girl
Sting ... Just Like Eddie
Sabina Michael Sabina Michael ... Aunt
Katja Kersten Katja Kersten ... German Woman
Paul Hollywood Paul Hollywood ... Kid
Adrian Jones Adrian Jones
Cyril Kent Cyril Kent
Bernard Mistovski Bernard Mistovski
Nina Pace Nina Pace
Joseph Riordan Joseph Riordan
David Squire David Squire
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Set in 1970's Britain, a man drives from London to Bristol to investigate his brother's death. The purpose of his trip is offset by his encounters with a series of odd people.

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Drama | Music | Mystery

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Country:

UK | West Germany

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

1979 (UK) See more »

Filming Locations:

M4, London, England, UK See more »

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Mono
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Connections

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Soundtracks

Frozen Years
Written by Brinsley Schwarz
Performed by The Rumour
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Why we hated the 1970s
9 September 2008 | by gray4See all my reviews

This is one of Britain's forgotten films (only 4 IMDb reviews at the time of writing these comments, nearly 30 years after it was made). The first film by the then film critic Chris Petit, made in 1979, it conveys accurately the bleakness - and the depressing music - of the late 1970s.

The plot is minimal. A morose, alienated man learns of his brother's death and travels from London to Bristol to find out more. The 'quest' is half-hearted and his encounters on the road and in Bristol are unsatisfactory and unfulfilled. Nothing seems worthwhile following through. whether it is his investigation into his brother's life and death, his encounter with a German woman or even his relationship with his antique Rover car.

The B/W photography is splendid, matching perfectly the mood of alienation and the bleak picture of a part of England in the winter of 1979. The influence of Wim Wenders (the producer) is clear but it is very distinctively an English film, worth seeing and listening to if only to remind us of the dismal '70s - but having seen it, that's enough. Interesting, but not a classic.


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