Partition Boxshot
UK 1987
Length / Main Feature: 78 minutes
Length / Special Feature: 60 minutes
Sound: Original stereo
Black & White and Colour
Original aspect ratio: 1.33:1 full frame
Language: English
Subtitles: French On/Off
PAL R0  
buyRRP: £12.99
Release Date: 27th August 2007
Second Run DVD 030
The tumultuous events surrounding the sub-continent's partition in 1947 into India and Pakistan are re-imagined in Ken McMullen's complex and visually striking film.

A lunatic asylum in the city of Lahore becomes a mirror image of events in the outside political world, with the same actors playing both inmates and rulers. Adapted by Tariq Ali and McMullen from famous Urdu writer Saadat Hasan Manto's short story 'Toba Tek Singh', Partition speaks for the countless millions that the usual British Raj films sweep out of sight.

Released to mark the 60th anniversary of the partition of the Indian sub-continent, this is the film's first-ever release on DVD.

more about the film
Partition Stills
Special Features
- Audio commentary by director Ken McMullen and writer Tariq Ali.
- 'A Rebellious Soul' - a documentary on Saadat Hasan Manto and the story behind Partition.
- Newly filmed interview with writer Tariq Ali.
- Newly filmed conversations with actors Saeed Jaffrey and Roshan Seth.
- Production designer Paul Cheetham discusses the visual architecture of the film.
- French subtitles On/Off.
- Optimal quality dual layer disc.
- Booklet features a reprint of Sadaat Hasan Manto's short story 'Toba Tek Singh' and Ken McMullen in conversation with James Leahy.

Main Cast and Crew
Cast (in order of appearance)

Roshan Seth
Zohra Segal
Zia Mohyeddin
Saeed Jaffrey
John Shrapnel
Tariq Yunus
Sunil Tanna
Harmage Kalirai
Leonie Mellinger

Directed by Ken McMullen

Written and Adapted by Tariq Ali and Ken McMullen
Based on the short story 'Toba Tek Singh' by Sadaat Hasan Manto

Producer - Lynn Horsford
Editor - Robert Hargreaves
Cinematography - Nancy Schiesari
Production Designer - Paul Cheetham
Music - Barrie Guard
Costume Designer - Jenny Bevan

"The films of Ken McMullen are some of the most intellectually rigorous and cinematically sophisticated that have ever been produced in this country" The Oxford Times

"The imagery of the film is is a brave film, bravely told" The Scotsman

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