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17–28 JUNE 2020
  • Director

    Richard Loncraine

  • Starring

    Bernard Hill, Derek Newark, Richard Hope, Ken Bones, Kieran O'Brien

  • Certificate


  • Run Time

    150 mins

  • Release Year


  • Country of Origin


  • Language


  • Format


  • Director of Photography: Ken Westbury

  • Editor: Paul Green

  • Produced by: Christopher Neame, Michael Wearing

  • Music: Colin Towns

  • Screenplay by: Desmond Lowden, Richard Loncraine, Michael Wearing

  • Production Designer: Jon Bunker

Bellman and True

Part of the Retrospective: The Future Is History Strand


Opening on a train arriving in ghostly slow-motion to an ominous piano soundtrack, it’s clear from the outset that this story of a father and son embroiled in a bank robbery is no ordinary crime cinema. Focusing on the emotional side of the formula and making the most of star Bernard Hill’s extraordinary naturalism, director Richard Loncraine turns the British thriller inside-out to deliver a tense, haunting drama with an offbeat sense of humour and flashes of a brutal edge.

Print courtesy of the BFI National Archive.

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