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From the British Film Institute


A film by Arnold L Miller

A lurid portrait of 60s London depravity

Running Time approx: 85 min  Number of discs: 1

The sensational follow-up to London in the Raw, Primitive London sets out to reflect society’s decay through a sideshow spectacle of 1960s London depravity. Here, we confront mods, rockers and beatniks at the Ace Café, cut some rug with obscure beat band The Zephyrs, smirk at flabby men in the sauna and goggle at sordid wife-swapping parties as we discover a pre-permissive Britain still trying to move on from the post-war depression of the 1950s. Remastered from the original negative, this is essential viewing for anyone with an interest in the nation’s capital and its uncharted past.


Remastered from original negative English and French language presentations of the feature Carousella (1966, 25 mins): John Irvin’s controversial dramatised documentary on the lives of a group of striptease artistes.
Stuart McCabe (strip club manager) interview (1958, 15 mins).
Shirley (stripper) interview (1968, 6 mins).
Al Burnett (nightclub owner) interview (1967,17 mins).
Original trailer (English and French language options).

OUR PRICE £15 with Free UK Postage

Additional information

Weight .101 kg
Dimensions 13.5 × 19.5 × 1.5 cm