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Vic Pratt

Vic has been at the BFI since 1998, and now works as a Blu-Ray and DVD producer in the video publishing team. From 2006 to 2016 he worked in the curatorial team, researching, developing, exploring and sharing the BFI’s fiction collection. He co-created and co-programmed the BFI Southbank cinema strand The Flipside, has introduced many film shows at BFI Southbank, around the UK, and overseas, has conducted numerous onstage interviews with filmmakers and actors and has curated seasons of cult movies, British B pictures and ‘quota quickies’. He has made presentations on cultural approaches to film curation and programming to students at colleges around the UK, has delivered various papers on film history at academic conferences, and curated and presented a large-scale British horror retrospective at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival in the Czech Republic.

He was co-curator of the BFI folk film DVD release Here’s a Health to the Barley Mow, as well as Roll Out The Barrel, a collection of archive non-fiction films about pubs and beer. He was the lead curator on an internationally acclaimed project to restore two early Peter Sellers films, and was the lead curator on the BFI’s acclaimed Gothic project. He has written for BFI Screenonline, continues to write for BFI Sight and Sound, and has written for a wide variety of other publications, including DVD booklet essays for the BFI, Arrow, and Masters of Cinema. He has contributed chapters to various books on film including Arrow’s Cult Cinema (2016), and for the BFI Compendia 39 Steps to the Genius of Hitchcock (2012), Sci-Fi: Days of Fear and Wonder (2014), Love (2015) and Who Can You Trust? (2017). He has worked as a producer on many BFI DVD releases, recently including Charlie Chaplin: The Essanay Comedies (2017) and cult classic Beat Girl (2016) and co-curated the launch of the BFI’s Flipside and Children’s Film Foundation DVD series. He’s currently co-writing a book on British film and television history.

Articles by Vic Pratt

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  • Robin Hardy, 1929-2016

    Vic Pratt remembers the director of The Wicker Man, an indefatigable creative communicator and joker.

    Tuesday, July 5, 2016


  • From the Magazine

    Long arm of the lore: Robin Hardy on The Wicker Man

    Mauled by the studio, obsessed over by fans, deconstructed by academics, remade with Nicolas Cage – yet the pagan British weirdness of The Wicker Man remains fresh. Unveiling The Final Cut in 2013, its director recalls the making of a myth to Vic Pratt.

    Monday, July 4, 2016


  • Blitz flicks: Will Hay’s war effort

    His best-known comedies may have been behind him, but the era of the Blitz found Will Hay moving to Ealing Studios for a series of hilarious wartime features blending puns, pranks and propaganda.

    Saturday, December 26, 2015


  • Brief Encounter – a return ticket to Temptation

    Don’t be put off by its reputation as a classic, David Lean’s 70-year-old Brief Encounter is proper grit-in-the-eye cinema even today… whether you’ve got servants at home or not.

    Wednesday, November 4, 2015


  • The time Alec Guinness met Fidel Castro

    Cuba, 1959. The Batista regime has just been overthrown by Castro and his revolutionaries. Enter Alec Guinness, Noel Coward and Carol Reed to make a film of Graham Greene’s comic spy story Our Man in Havana…

    Tuesday, October 6, 2015


  • Why I love … X the Unknown

    Curator Vic Pratt remembers the gothic chills and gloopy monster effects of Hammer sci-fi classic X the Unknown, in which an ancient horror emerges from the Scottish moorland with a hunger for radioactivity.

    Friday, November 28, 2014


  • Bela Lugosi: 10 essential films

    Curator Vic Pratt chooses his favourite Bela Lugosi films from the golden era of screen horror.

    Monday, November 4, 2013


  • Remembering Michael Winner

    The late Michael Winner was interviewed on stage at BFI Southbank three times in his final years. Curator Vic Pratt remembers a charming and flamboyant showman.

    Tuesday, January 22, 2013


  • Will Hay’s new direction: My Learned Friend

    Will Hay’s final film is a dark legal farce that paved the way for Ealing’s later black comedies The Ladykillers and Kind Hearts and Coronets.

    Monday, November 12, 2012


  • Stanley Long: King of Sexploitation (1933-2012)

    The late Stanley Long brought creativity and an unwavering sense of humour to British exploitation cinema. Curator Vic Pratt pays tribute.

    Wednesday, September 26, 2012


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