The Magnificent Obsession of Michael Reeves
The Definitive History of One of Genre Cinema’s Most Elusive Cult Visionaries.
Although he was only 25 when he died Michael Reeves opened up genre cinema to new possibilities. Now considered one of the forefathers of folk horror for his groundbreaking masterpiece Witchfinder General (1968) Reeves certainly left his mark as a director. The fact he wasn’t around long enough to expand on his legacy, let alone celebrate it, is one of the biggest tragedies of British film history.
This new feature-length documentary focuses on the life, loves, passions, and films of Michael Reeves, from his childhood dreams, and early excursions to Hollywood, to an in-depth analysis of all of his major works, and finally the sad circumstances of his early death.
Bringing together a collection of new and exclusive interviews, including the star of all of the director’s films and personal friend Ian Ogilvy, his childhood friend and scriptwriter Tom Baker, as well as insights from former girlfriend Ingrid Cranfield, alongside film historians, and Reeves’ biographer Benjamin Halligan, The Magnificent Obsession of Michael Reeves offers the definitive history of one of British genre cinema’s much loved cult figures.
"...Reeves’ surviving colleagues, including Ogilvy and Baker, are on hand to offer plenty of anecdotal angles, while a selection of film historians (including the ever excellent Kat Ellinger, who also wrote the documentary’s scenario) contextualise Reeves’ films, revealing what made them stand out so much from other British contemporary cinema, and what influence they would have on its future."
Featuring: Gavin Baddeley, Tom Baker, Ingrid Cranfield, Kat Ellinger, Steve Haberman, Benjamin Halligan, Dr. David Huckvale, Ian Ogilvy
Directed and Edited by Dima Ballin
Scenario by Kat Ellinger
Produced by Dima Ballin and Kat Ellinger
Associate Producers Volker Lange, Bernd Reichert, Ivo Scheloske
Interviews Conducted and Filmed by Jim Kunz, Constantine Nasr, Jon Robertson
Publicity Art by Dima Ballin
Technical Consultant Benjamin Halligan
Special Thanks to Pete Tombs
Color, 1080p HD Widescreen (1.77:1)
DTS HD Master Audio
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