BFI Releasing John Schlesinger’s Sunday Bloody Sunday On Blu-Ray

John Schlesinger’s brilliantly observed suburban drama Sunday Bloody Sunday, finds a recent divorcée (Glenda Jackson) and a middle-aged Jewish doctor (Peter Finch) in a progressive love triangle with a bisexual artist (Murray Head). Both discover a new freedom with their young lover, as they confront the conventions that have defined their lives.

Nominated for 4 Oscars and 5 BAFTAs, Sunday Bloody Sunday comes to Blu-ray for the first time in the UK, released by the BFI on 16 March 2020. Numerous extras include a new feature commentary, brand new and archival interviews, short films and more.

A penetrating portrait of middle-class mores and permissiveness in 1970s London, the film’s depiction of bisexuality transformed LGBTQ+ representation on screen. Featuring BAFTA-winning performances by Finch and Jackson, Sunday Bloody Sunday is both a tender character study and a complex exploration of the politics of love, lust and longing. It also won BAFTAs for Best Film, Best Direction and Best Film Editing at the 1972 awards ceremony.

Special features

  • The Starfish (1950, 47 mins): supernatural fantasy made by John Schlesinger and Alan Cooke as students
  • Sunday in the Park (1956, 15 mins): Schlesinger’s short captures Londoners enjoying their day of rest
  • Feature commentary by Amy Simmons: the author and critic on the film and its radical take on 1970s sexuality
  • Murray Head Remembers Sunday Bloody Sunday (2020, 24 mins): the musician and actor discusses his leading role
  • Billy Williams Remembers Sunday Bloody Sunday (2020, 28 mins): the award-winning cinematographer on working with Schlesinger
  • The Pace-makers: Glenda Jackson (1971, 14 mins): the actress talks about her performances, filmed on the set of Sunday Bloody Sunday
  • Blood Donor: Glenda and Ernie (1981, 2 mins): a reluctant Glenda Jackson and a crafty Ernie Wise make a public-service appeal
  • John Schlesinger in Conversation (1977, audio, 105 mins): the director looks back over an illustrious career
  • Image galleries: rare on-set shots by renowned photographer Michael Childers, plus promotional and press stills
  • ***FIRST PRESSING ONLY*** Fully illustrated booklet with new essays by Simon McCallum and Kieron McCormack, notes on the special features and full film credits

Sunday Bloody Sunday will be released on Blu-ray on 16 March 2020.