Michael Powell

Hailed as quintessentially British, Michael Powell directed a body of work that represents the pinnacle of British cinema. His greatest films were popular hits upon release, but which have endured in the collective memory and stand the test of time today; daringly subversive, breathtakingly inventive and passionately romantic. From his beginnings directing modestly budgeted 'Quota Quickies', he later refined his craft alongside his chief screenwriting and directing partner, Emeric Pressburger, to produce a series of classics. In this collection we focus primarily on Powell's solo works, both from the beginning of his career as he began to develop his style, and also the fascinating films towards the end of his journey, in the wake of his most notorious solo film, Peeping Tom.

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  • Peeping Tom

    Much criticised at the time of its release, Michael Powell’s psychological study of a shy camera technician who films for his home movies the death throes of the women he kills is now widely regarded as a dark classic. Less a straightforward serial-killer thriller than a Freudian meditation on ho...

  • Rynox

    Michael Powell’s earliest existing film is a twisty thriller crafted with a bold visual style that is unmistakeably influenced by Fritz Lang.

  • Her Last Affaire

    Michael Powell's 'society drama’ involving suspicion, clandestine romance and presumed murder, and glorious comic double-act from Googie Withers and John Lurie.

  • Hotel Splendide

    Music hall veteran Jerry Verno stars as a lowly clerk who gets more than he bargained for when he inherits a hotel, in Michael Powell's

  • The Boy Who Turned Yellow

    The Boy Who Turned Yellow is the splendidly eccentric final collaboration from the eminent filmmaking duo Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger. London schoolboy John Saunders turns a bright yellow after losing his pet mouse on a school trip. Is the mysterious colour change the result of an alien...