Tar­tan sets the pat­tern

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - News -

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

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