British Artists' Films: William Raban

British Artists' Films: William Raban


A leading figure in his field, whose work ranges from multi-screen gallery pieces to perfectly-crafted short films, William Raban is the focus for the first in a new series of British Artists' Films released by the BFI. Raban's particular interests – the City of London and the British landscape – are in the tradition of the romantic landscape painters.

The DVD features five films written, produced, photographed, edited and directed by William Raban: Thames Barrier, Fergus Walking, A13, MM and the acclaimed Thames Film, filmed from a boat drifting downstream and narrated by actor John Hurt. The films show Raban's continuing explorations of the formal properties of film itself and his immediate surroundings: East London and the River Thames.

Film Listing

- Thames Barrier (1977, 8 mins)
- Fergus Walking (1978, 7 mins)
- A13 (1994, 12 mins)
- MM (2002, 13 mins)
- Thames Film (1986, 66 mins)

Special Features

- The Frame - William Raban (2003, 29 mins) William Raban talks about the inspiration behind his work and some of the techniques involved
- Notes on Thames Film by Peter Ackroyd, novelist, critic and author of London: The Biography