Monday 18 December 2017

Donner's Sixties classic out on DVD

Barry Evans in Here We Go Round The Mulberry Bush which is being released on DVD
Barry Evans in Here We Go Round The Mulberry Bush which is being released on DVD

A slice of swinging Sixties cinema is being released on DVD for the first time on Monday - a week after the man who made it died.

Clive Donner, who directed Here We Go Round The Mulberry Bush, died on September 6 aged 84.

The 1967 film is being released as part of a British Film Institute (BFI) series of cult UK cinema classics.

BFI curator Vic Pratt said the film, which tells the story of a sex-obsessed teenager trying to join the permissive society, is a "classic coming of age story".

He said: "The timing of it is very sad but hopefully this is going to possibly inspire renewed interest in Clive Donner's work.

"He was one of those directors who spanned a wide part of British film making. He worked with David Lean on Oliver Twist and went through the Rank organisation."

The film, which features music by Traffic and the Spencer Davies Group, was based on the novel by journalist Hunter Davies.

He said: "Clive and I went to see Paul McCartney at his house in St Johns Wood - which he still has - to ask him if he would do the theme tune.

"He was interested, but he eventually declined. Instead, all the songs were done by Stevie Winwood with Traffic and The Spencer Davis Group, two of the best, most creative groups of the Sixties.

"When people ask me, I always say great music, shame about the script."

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