Three documentary films about London made by indie pop band Saint Etienne with film maker Paul Kelly are together for the first time and being released on DVD by the British Film Institute today.
A London Trilogy: The Films of Saint Etienne 2003-2007" includes Finisterre, made to accompany the 2002 album of the same name. It's a loving look at London, beautifully put together, and featuring a whole host of London voices talking about the city, as well as the Saint Etienne soundtrack. What Have You Done Today, Mervyn Day? takes a journey round Hackney Wick and the Lea Valley, following a paper boy on his bike in the wake of the London Olympics decision in 2005, and This Is Tomorrow is a captivating study of the Royal Festival Hall, shot as it reopened after refubishment in 2007.
There's an excellent booklet to go with these wistful, bittersweet and hugely compelling films with Paul Kelly, Bob Stanley, Sukdev Sandhu, Tom Dyckhoff and Owen Hatherley providing thoughtful commentary and insights, such as the influence 1969 film The London Nobody Knows had on Finisterre and the editing quirk which left the scene explaining how Mervyn Day got its name on the cutting room floor.
Some previously unavailable material accompanies the features, including Today's Special, a series of three shorts about London's disappearing cafes and Banksy in London, shot during the filming of Finisterre, documenting work that's now long gone.
This is an essential addition to your London film collection and to celebrate the DVD release we have a signed copy to give away with a set of 4 exclusive postcards designed by Paul Kelly and a poster from Friday's launch event.
To be in with a chance of winning, watch the trailer then answer the question, fill in the form and hit submit. We'll pick a winner after 5pm on Monday 22 July. Good luck!
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Order A London Trilogy: The Films of St Etienne 2003-2007 from the BFI Filmstore.