Contact (Blu) BFI


Directed by Alan Clarke (Scum, The Firm), and adapted by AFN Clarke from his own autobiographical book, Contact is a powerful, unsensational drama about a platoon of British paratroopers on border patrol in South Armagh.

Finely-judged performances from Sean Chapman (Scum, Made in Britain) and the rest of the cast combine with fluid hand-held camerawork and night-vision imagery to create a sparse, documentary-like effect, expertly capturing the fear, confusion and bravery of uniformed soldiers fighting against an unseen enemy.

Winner of the Golden Leopard’s Eye for Best TV Film at the 1985 Locarno Film Festival, Contact is released here with the critically acclaimed 1981 Alan Clarke BBC drama Psy-Warriors, and an extensive selection of extra features.

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Special Features

Remastered in High Definition David Leland introduction (1991, 4 mins)
Optional audio commentary with actor Sean Chapman
AFN Clarke on Contact (2016, 22 mins): an interview with the writer
Making Contact (2016): a gallery of location stills
Psy-Warriors (Alan Clarke, 1981, 73 mins): writer David Leland's harrowing drama, exploring the military's use of psychological interrogation techniques
Know your Enemy (2016, 18 mins): a documentary on the making of Contact and Psy-Warriors, featuring interviews with David Leland, Sean Chapman and filmmakers Paul Greengrass and Stephen Frears