October and November have been interesting months. Apart from going to New York in October, I got to meet Michael Moorcock in London (something which I’ll save for another post) but I also was lucky enough to go to an event at BAFTA in London to commemorate the reissue of Michael Powell’s Peeping Tom, the critical reaction to which caused Powell to stop making films in the UK. It is 50 years since its release and it is coming to Blu-Ray after a cinema rerelease on November 19th. The event at BAFTA was introduced first by Professor Ian Christie, who used to work at the BFI, Thelma Schoonmaker, Michael Powell’s widow, and finally by Martin Scorsese, who has been instrumental in getting the film rereleased over the past three decades. I go to lots of press screenings and press events but this was different as it was a BAFTA event and so it was a little bit more exclusive. Even though we didn’t get to speak to Scorsese, it was fantastic even to be in the same room as him and I did get a couple of really good shots of him in the BAFTA cinema. Peeping Tom was definitely a film ahead of its time as it deals with voyeurism and lack of privacy in modern society and watching it now is a wonderful time capsule of London in the late fifties. Karlheinz Böhm or Carl Boehm as the central figure, Mark Lewis, the man obsessed with photographing the world around him, is suitably creepy while Anna Massey as his girlfriend, Helen Stephens, is very watchable on screen. Powell’s direction is very assured and the script and plot still have something to say even five decades after its release. If anything, what it has to say is even more relevant now than it was back in 1960. Peeping Tom is a great social document and, if you are able to catch it at the cinema when it gets rereleased from 19th November, it’s recommended. A must for serious cinephiles…

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