Bob Dylan – Arena Double Bill

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Heavenly Films are proud to present rare cinema screenings for two classic BBC Arena episodes.

Dylan In The Madhouse

December 1962 was the coldest British winter in living memory. Bob Dylan arrived in London, guitar in hand, to perform four songs in a BBC TV drama entitled Madhouse On Castle Street. This first visit to the UK would have a profound effect on the young singer as he encountered the UK folk scene at close quarters and made his debut London performances. Dylan In The Madhouse is the outstanding Arena documentary that pieces together the people and places from that time and goes in search of the lost TV play itself, believed to have been incinerated by the BBC in 1968 at the height of Dylan’s fame. Including contributions from musicians Martin Carthy and Peggy Seeger, actor David Warner, writer Evan Jones and director Philip Saville the film is a fascinating document of Dylan’s early career.

2005 Directed by Anthony Wall  – 65 minutes

Trouble No More

In 1979 Bob Dylan released Slow Train Coming an album of exclusively devotional songs, having declared he’d found God in Christianity. The next two years were spent touring with a band of the finest musicians and gospel singers with a repertoire of songs including ‘Precious Angel’ and ‘Every Grain Of Sand’ that expressed his new found faith. One of these concerts at Buffalo Memorial Auditorium was filmed. It remained unseen for 37 years until at Dylan’s request a series of sermons delivered by Oscar-nominated actor Michael Shannon (Boardwalk Empire, The Shape Of Water) were shot in 2017 and inserted between the songs. Intended to mirror and illuminate Dylans performances the sermons add a powerful thrust to the concert footage. Bob’s touching duet with the recently deceased Clydie King is one of the films several outstanding moments.

2017 Directed by Jennifer Lebeau  –  60 minutes

BBFC rating
Running time
125 mins
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