'BEAT' GIRL - DVD - BLURAY
The title character of Beat Girl was played by starlet Gillian Hills, who later went on to have numerous small roles in 1960s and 1970s films, such as Blowup and A Clockwork Orange, and became a successful "ye-ye" singer in France. Beat Girl marked the first film roles of British pop idol Adam Faith and actor Peter McEnery, although it was not released until after other films featuring Faith and McEnery had already come out. The film also features Christopher Lee and Nigel Green as strip joint operators, and Oliver Reed in a small role as one of the "beat" youth.
The original music was composer John Barry's first film commission, and was performed by the John Barry Seven and Orchestra, Adam Faith, and Shirley Anne Field. The Beat Girl soundtrack was the first British soundtrack album to be released on an LP, and reached number 11 on the British album charts, paving the way for later films to release soundtrack albums.
Restless teen Jennifer escapes her square papa (David Farrar, Black Narcissus) at Soho's Off Beat coffee bar, rocking it with beatnik Dave (a super-cool Adam Faith), sensual singer Dodo (Shirley Anne Field) and icy-eyed Plaid Shirt (Oliver Reed). But a secret from Jennifer's French stepmother's past leads to the Les Girls strip joint, run by Kenny King (Christopher Lee). Remastered from the original negatives, and featuring John Barry's fantastic first soundtrack, this legendary British 1950s juvenile delinquency flick is straight from the fridge, daddy-o.
- Newly remastered in 2K and presented in both High Definition and Standard Definition
- Original theatrical version (87 mins): from the negatives preserved by the BFI National Archive
- Alternative version (92 mins, Blu-ray only)
- Alternative sequences (3 mins, DVD only)
- Extended version (92 mins): featuring additional sequences with Farrar, Hills and Noëlle Adam
- An Interview with Gillian Hills (2016, 25 mins): the film's star recalls her experience of working on Beat Girl
- Cross-Roads (John Fitchen, 1955, 20 mins): supernatural short starring the legendary Christopher Lee
- Beauty in Brief (c.1955, 4 mins): forgotten saucy 1950s pin-up short which recalls the milieu of Beat Girl
- Goodnight with Sabrina (c.1958, 3 mins): glamour short starring 1950s TV bombshell Sabrina, aka Norma Sykes
- Illustrated booklet with new writing by Gillian Hills, Vic Pratt, Johnny Trunk and Jo Botting, and full film credits