Picturehouse at FACT to host special cast screening of Letter To Brezhnev to launch new BFI Blu-ray and DVD release

Posted on 12 April 2017
By Khyle Deen
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One of the most significant and influential British films of the 1980s, Letter to Brezhnev (1985) is a touching romantic tale set against the backdrop of Thatcherism, Liverpool’s club scene, one-night stands and a Europe still in the grip of the Cold War.

Written by Frank Clarke and directed by Chris Bernard, who both worked on Brookside, the film starred a fresh, young and memorable cast.

Now, more than 30 years on, Letter to Brezhnev will be released by the BFI (British Film Institute) on Blu-ray (for the first time) and DVD in a Dual Format Edition (both discs in one box) on 24 April 2017. Special features include new interviews with cast members and a new audio commentary.

This Dual Format Edition will be launched in Liverpool with a special reunion screening followed by a Q&A with cast and crew, including Margi Clarke, Alexandra Pigg, Peter Firth, Frank Clarke and Chris Bernard, on Tuesday 18 April at 8.20pm at FACT Picturehouse, 88 Wood Street, Liverpool L1 4DQ.

Tickets are on sale now from: https://www.picturehouses.com/cinema/Picturehouse_At_Fact/film/letter-to-brezhnev

The screening is presented with the help of Clapperboard UK – the innovative, charitable, non-profit making organisation & film production agency led by young people from script to screen (charity number 1137432 / www.clapperboarduk.com). There will be opportunities to make donations to Clapperboard UK on the evening.

Two Merseyside girls escape their humdrum lives for a night on the town, where they meet two Russian sailors (Peter Firth and Alfred Molina) on shore leave. For Teresa (Margi Clarke), it’s a welcome bit of fun, but for Elaine (Alexandra Pigg, who was nominated for a BAFTA Award) it turns into much more. Letter to Brezhnev remains a hilarious and uplifting tale of how love and idealism can help ordinary people realise their dreams.