Adventures in VHS returns with a very special episode, a feature-length podcast documentary which focuses on the life and work of a real innovator – one who used the home video era to create a series of films that featured action, espionage, violence, sex, horror and even sci-fi.
Budgets were raised, equipment sourced and, with the help of a few friends, a catalogue of work was built. But now, as the VHS format which hosted this work is replaced, replaced and replaced again, these forgotten films are in real danger of slipping through the cracks of time. Having discovered their charm and cultural significance for myself, I decided to immerse myself completely in Twemlow’s world.
I sourced all the films I could on VHS and tracked down some of Cliff’s associates and admirers to locate those which have already become almost impossible to find. I spoke to David Kent Watson (the director behind many of them) and Steve Powell (a martial arts expert who appeared in them) about how the films were made, as well as their own close friendships with Cliff, and spoke to Salford Film Festival programmer Steve Balshaw about what the films mean to cultural history in the North West.
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