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50th anniversary release of Billy Liar on Blu-ray – plus screening events

Billy Liar

Billy Liar

Good news for fans of iconic 1960s new wave classics, there’s a 50th anniversary release of Billy Liar on Blu-ray scheduled, along with a couple of very interesting screening events.

The date for the release of the Blu-ray (and DVD) is Monday 6th May 2013, with the Blu-ray being a first for the movie. Based on the well-loved book by Keith Waterhouse and directed by John Schlesinger, this 1963 classic stars Tom Courtenay, Julie Christie and Helen Fraser, with Courtenay playing William Terrence Fisher (‘Billy Liar’), escaping from his typical working class life, demanding fiancées and an insecure job into his own world of fantasy. Then one day, Liz (Julie Christie), enters his drab life and offers Billy a real chance to break free from his humdrum existence.

Billy Liar

Billy Liar

The disc releases are obviously remastered, throwing in a clutch of extras too, those being:

• Remembering Billy Liar with Tom Courtenay and Helen Fraser
• Interview with Richard Ayoade
• A look through the Keith Waterhouse Archive with British Library Curator Zoe Wilcox
• Interview with Saint Etienne’s Bob Stanley
• Stills Gallery
• Trailer

Billy Liar

Billy Liar

On top of that, the British Library will hold an exclusive London screening (26th April) of the digitally restored DVD, introduced by close friend of Keith Waterhouse, Sir Michael Parkinson. Alternatively, the newly restored version of Billy Liar will also screen as part of this year’s Bradford International Film Festival (14th April). The day before that, Tom Courtenay will also be the festival’s guest of honour where he will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award.

Full screening details:
Sunday 14th April, National Media Museum, Bradford, 10.50am
Friday 26th April, British Library Conference Centre, London, 18.00pm

Both discs are available to pre-order now, with Amazon doing discounted Blu-ray discs for £13.99.