Tartan sets the pattern
It is sad to note the closure of Tartan Films, one of the most adventurous and imaginative film distribution outlets in Britain and Ireland since Hamish McAlpine established it in 1984. The company’s eclectic policy was evident from its first acquisitions for release: Alan Rudolph’s quirky romantic drama Choose Me, Derek Jarman’s uncompromising The Last of England, and Dan O’Bannon’s gory, blackhumoured Return of the Living Dead.
Tartan championed the movies of Wong Kar-wai and Julio Medem, and introduced us to such exciting discoveries as Jamón, Jamón, Man Bites Dog, The Last Seduction, La Haine, Belleville Rendezvous, Secretary and the company’s biggest commercial success on cinema release, Super Size Me.
The Tartan video label built up an outstanding catalogue, releasing the works of such great artists as François Truffaut, Ingmar Bergman and Pier Paolo Pasolini. And long before Hollywood was picking up the remake rights to Asian thrillers and horror movies, McAlpine and his team were acquiring Infernal Affairs, The Ring, Audition, The Eye and Old Boy. A bidding battle to buy the company’s library is already under way.
Malcolm McDowell (centre) and cast on the set of Red Roses and Petrol
Joking aside: Bale and Ledger