Legendary British director John Boorman made his directorial debut with this cult 1960s story in which Dave Clark stars along with The Dave Clark Five Band. The Five have been hired by a corporate advertising agency to appear in an ad campaign for “Meat For Go” fronted by the model Dinah. During the filming of a TV commercial, stuntman Steve absconds in a stolen E-type Jaguar with the face of the campaign, Dinah. They make their way across a wintry southern England towards an island that Dinah plans to buy with the proceeds of her modelling. This act of rebellion is cynically exploited for publicity by the advertising executive behind the campaign, Leon Zissell, who dispatches two of his henchmen to pursue the fleeing couple.
On their journey, Steve and Dinah encounter a group of hippies squatting in MOD-owned buildings on Salisbury Plain, an eccentric middle-aged married couple and Steve’s boyhood hero, Louie. Memorable scenes were filmed at Smithfield Market in London, the Oasis Swimming Pool in London’s Holborn, Syon House, the Roman Baths and Royal Crescent at Bath and Burgh Island off the coast of Devon.
Originally released in 1965, CATCH US IF YOU CAN followed the huge success of The Beatles’ “A Hard Day’s Night” but this film was far more than a commercial pop vehicle designed to cash-in on 60s youth culture. As well as an entertaining slice of 60s nostalgia, CATCH US IF YOU CAN contains many elements of arthouse sophistication amidst the musical and comic set pieces.
INCLUDED WITH THE FILM:
- Interview with Journalist and Film Historian Matthew Sweet
- Interview with Screenwriter Peter Nichols
- Interview with Set Dresser Ian Whittaker
CATCH US IF YOU CAN is released as part of the ‘Vintage Classics Collection’ which showcases iconic British films, all fully restored and featuring brand new extra content. The collection includes KIND HEARTS & CORONETS, THE DAM BUSTERS, DON’T LOOK NOW, THE LADYKILLERS, FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD, THE WICKER MAN, THE MAN WHO FELL TO EARTH and many more.