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The Prisoner

15 July - 30 September 2011
Free admission

In conjunction with the Gallery’s Surrealism Up Late program the Australian Cinémathèque presents the cult classic The Prisoner 1967-68. A British television series comprising of seventeen episodes, The Prisoner was lauded for is combination of espionage and psychological intrigue, allegorical sensibilities and counter cultural themes. Featuring often surreal storylines of hallucinogenic experiences its strong emphasis of individualism versus collectivism resonated strongly with television audiences. The series starred actor and co-creator Patrick McGoohan as ‘Number 6’, an unnamed high-lever government agent who is kidnapped and imprisoned after his unexpected resignation from the firm. Held at the isolated island community known as ‘The Village’ the series documents Number 6’s repeated attempts to escape and the increasingly extreme interrogation methods employed by his captors as they try to extract the reasons behind his resignation. Film notes courtesy of Umbrella Entertainment.

The Arrival 1967

The Arrival 1967

Fri 15 July 6.00pm / Cinema B

DIGITAL VIDEO, COLOUR, MONO, 48 MINUTES, USA, ENGLISH / DIRECTOR: DON CHAFFEY / PRODUCER: PATRICK MCGOOHAN, DAVID TOMBLIN / SCRIPT: GEORGE MARKSTEIN, DAVID TOMBLIN / THE PRISIONER, EPISODE ONE / CINEMATOGRAPHER: BRENDAN J STAFFORD / EDITOR: LEE DOIG, GEOFFREY FOOT, JOHN S. SMITH, ERIC BOYD-PERKINS, NOREEN ACKLAND / MUSIC: ROBERT FARNON, WILFRED JOSEPHS / PRODUCTION CO: EVERYMAN FILMS, INCORPORATED TELEVISION COMPANY (ITC) / PRINTS/RIGHTS: UMBRELLA ENTERTAINMENT

Following his resignation, a high ranking Government official is abducted from his home and taken to a picturesque location known as ‘The Village’ – a place from where there is no escape and all residents are merely numbers. Who are they? What do they want? – but more importantly, whose side are they on?

The Chimes of Big Ben 1967

The Chimes of Big Ben 1967

Fri 22 Jul 6.00pm / Cinema B

DIGITAL VIDEO, COLOUR, MONO, 48 MINUTES, USA, ENGLISH / DIRECTOR: DON CHAFFEY / PRODUCER: PATRICK MCGOOHAN, DAVID TOMBLIN / SCRIPT: VINCENT TILSLEY / THE PRISIONER, EPISODE TWO / CINEMATOGRAPHER: BRENDAN J STAFFORD / EDITOR: LEE DOIG, GEOFFREY FOOT, JOHN S. SMITH, ERIC BOYD-PERKINS, NOREEN ACKLAND / MUSIC: ROBERT FARNON, WILFRED JOSEPHS / PRODUCTION CO: EVERYMAN FILMS, INCORPORATED TELEVISION COMPANY (ITC) / PRINTS/RIGHTS: UMBRELLA ENTERTAINMENT

“Can you paint? Can you draw? Can you model in clay?” It’s The Village arts and crafts competition and The Prisoner has an inspirational entry. With the help of a new arrival, Nadia, can Number 6 escape back to London to hear the chimes of Big Ben? – and if so, will his former superiors believe his story?

A B & C 1967

A B & C 1967

Fri 29 Jul 6.00pm / Cinema B

DIGITAL VIDEO, COLOUR, MONO, 48 MINUTES, USA, ENGLISH / DIRECTOR: PAT JACKSON / PRODUCER: PATRICK MCGOOHAN, DAVID TOMBLIN / SCRIPT: ANTHONY SKENE / THE PRISIONER, EPISODE THREE / CINEMATOGRAPHER: BRENDAN J STAFFORD / EDITOR: LEE DOIG, GEOFFREY FOOT, JOHN S. SMITH, ERIC BOYD-PERKINS, NOREEN ACKLAND / MUSIC: ROBERT FARNON, WILFRED JOSEPHS / PRODUCTION CO: EVERYMAN FILMS, INCORPORATED TELEVISION COMPANY (ITC) / PRINTS/RIGHTS: UMBRELLA ENTERTAINMENT

A new dangerous drug enabling Number 2 access to The Prisoner’s dreams is a risky method of discovering the secret behind his resignation. Was he selling out to A, B or C? Introducing each of them into his sleeping thoughts may prove to be the answer, but will the process raise more questions than answers?

Free For All 1967

Free For All 1967

Fri 5 Aug 6.00pm / Cinema B

DIGITAL VIDEO, COLOUR, MONO, 48 MINUTES, USA, ENGLISH / DIRECTOR: PATRICK MCGOOHAN / PRODUCER: PATRICK MCGOOHAN, DAVID TOMBLIN / SCRIPT: PADDY FITZ / THE PRISIONER, EPISODE FOUR / CINEMATOGRAPHER: BRENDAN J STAFFORD / EDITOR: LEE DOIG, GEOFFREY FOOT, JOHN S. SMITH, ERIC BOYD-PERKINS, NOREEN ACKLAND / MUSIC: ROBERT FARNON, WILFRED JOSEPHS / PRODUCTION CO: EVERYMAN FILMS, INCORPORATED TELEVISION COMPANY (ITC) / PRINTS/RIGHTS: UMBRELLA ENTERTAINMENT

“Elections, in this place?” The Prisoner is persuaded to stand as a candidate for the office of Number 2. A fierce campaign is fought in The Village with Number 6 the clear favourite. Should he win office will he finally discover the identity of Number 1 and order a mass breakout? Or have Number 6 been caught up in election fever?

The Schizoid Man 1967

The Schizoid Man 1967

Fri 12 Aug 6.00pm / Cinema B

DIGITAL VIDEO, COLOUR, MONO, 48 MINUTES, USA, ENGLISH / DIRECTOR: PAT JACKSON / PRODUCER: PATRICK MCGOOHAN, DAVID TOMBLIN / SCRIPT: TERENCE FEELY / THE PRISIONER, EPISODE FIVE / CINEMATOGRAPHER: BRENDAN J STAFFORD / EDITOR: LEE DOIG, GEOFFREY FOOT, JOHN S. SMITH, ERIC BOYD-PERKINS, NOREEN ACKLAND / MUSIC: ROBERT FARNON, WILFRED JOSEPHS / PRODUCTION CO: EVERYMAN FILMS, INCORPORATED TELEVISION COMPANY (ITC) / PRINTS/RIGHTS: UMBRELLA ENTERTAINMENT

Never mind who is Number 1 – just who is Number 6? The Prisoner awakes in a new apartment to find his appearance has been changed overnight and is now suddenly left-handed. He is greeted by all as Number 12 whilst and identical twin is parading The Village claiming to be Number 6. Has he been driven mad, or could this masquerade be used to his advantage?

The General 1967

The General 1967

Fri 19 Aug 6.00pm / Cinema B

DIGITAL VIDEO, COLOUR, MONO, 48 MINUTES, USA, ENGLISH / DIRECTOR: PETER GRAHAM SCOTT / PRODUCER: PATRICK MCGOOHAN, DAVID TOMBLIN / SCRIPT: JOSHUA ADAM / THE PRISIONER, EPISODE SIX / CINEMATOGRAPHER: BRENDAN J STAFFORD / EDITOR: LEE DOIG, GEOFFREY FOOT, JOHN S. SMITH, ERIC BOYD-PERKINS, NOREEN ACKLAND / MUSIC: ROBERT FARNON, WILFRED JOSEPHS / PRODUCTION CO: EVERYMAN FILMS, INCORPORATED TELEVISION COMPANY (ITC) / PRINTS/RIGHTS: UMBRELLA ENTERTAINMENT

A three year university course in three minutes? It’s possible with SPEEDLEARN, a new subliminal teaching process devised by the mysterious General and taught by The Professor. Even The Prisoner is a top pupil – but a warning from The Professor leads Number 6 to believe the process could be used to teach more than just history.

Many Happy Returns 1967

Many Happy Returns 1967

Fri 26 Aug 6.00pm / Cinema B

DIGITAL VIDEO, COLOUR, MONO, 48 MINUTES, USA, ENGLISH / DIRECTOR: JOSEPH SERF / PRODUCER: PATRICK MCGOOHAN, DAVID TOMBLIN / SCRIPT: ANTHONY SKENE / THE PRISIONER, EPISODE SEVEN / CINEMATOGRAPHER: BRENDAN J STAFFORD / EDITOR: LEE DOIG, GEOFFREY FOOT, JOHN S. SMITH, ERIC BOYD-PERKINS, NOREEN ACKLAND / MUSIC: ROBERT FARNON, WILFRED JOSEPHS / PRODUCTION CO: EVERYMAN FILMS, INCORPORATED TELEVISION COMPANY (ITC) / PRINTS/RIGHTS: UMBRELLA ENTERTAINMENT

No morning wakeup call? The Village is deserted and The Prisoner seizes the moment to escape. Building a raft and gathering supplies, Number 6 is set to sail for several weeks. Following a tumultuous journey, he makes it back to London, discovering a “Mrs Butterworth” driving his car and living in his home. Yet despite his escape from The Village the question still remains – who can he trust?

Dance of the Dead 1967

Dance of the Dead 1967

Fri 2 Sep 6.00pm (with Checkmate) / Cinema B

DIGITAL VIDEO, COLOUR, MONO, 48 MINUTES, USA, ENGLISH / DIRECTOR: DON CHAFFEY / PRODUCER: PATRICK MCGOOHAN, DAVID TOMBLIN / SCRIPT: ANTHONY SKENE / THE PRISIONER, EPISODE EIGHT / CINEMATOGRAPHER: BRENDAN J STAFFORD / EDITOR: LEE DOIG, GEOFFREY FOOT, JOHN S. SMITH, ERIC BOYD-PERKINS, NOREEN ACKLAND / MUSIC: ROBERT FARNON, WILFRED JOSEPHS / PRODUCTION CO: EVERYMAN FILMS, INCORPORATED TELEVISION COMPANY (ITC) / PRINTS/RIGHTS: UMBRELLA ENTERTAINMENT

It’s carnival time in The Village but The Prisoner is in no mood for celebration. Upon discovering a dead man on the beach, Number 6 plans to send the body back to sea complete with a rescue note. But his plans are foiled when the body is discovered leading to a bizarre trial where his is sentenced to death.

Checkmate 1967

Checkmate 1967

Fri 2 Sep 6.00pm (with Dance of the Dead) / Cinema B

DIGITAL VIDEO, COLOUR, MONO, 48 MINUTES, USA, ENGLISH / DIRECTOR: DON CHAFFEY / PRODUCER: PATRICK MCGOOHAN, DAVID TOMBLIN / SCRIPT: GERALD KELSEY / THE PRISIONER, EPISODE NINE / CINEMATOGRAPHER: BRENDAN J STAFFORD / EDITOR: LEE DOIG, GEOFFREY FOOT, JOHN S. SMITH, ERIC BOYD-PERKINS, NOREEN ACKLAND / MUSIC: ROBERT FARNON, WILFRED JOSEPHS / PRODUCTION CO: EVERYMAN FILMS, INCORPORATED TELEVISION COMPANY (ITC) / PRINTS/RIGHTS: UMBRELLA ENTERTAINMENT

A spot of human chess gives The Prisoner an idea for escape. Following an illegal move made by The Rook, Number 6 discovers a method of distinguishing who are prisoners and who are wardens. He soon gathers support from the other detainees, but first he must fend off the attentions of The Queen, who has been brainwashed into falling in love with him.

Hammer into Anvil 1967

Hammer into Anvil 1967

Fri 9 Sep 6.00pm (with It’s Your Funeral) / Cinema B

DIGITAL VIDEO, COLOUR, MONO, 48 MINUTES, USA, ENGLISH / DIRECTOR: PAT JACKSON / PRODUCER: PATRICK MCGOOHAN, DAVID TOMBLIN / SCRIPT: ROGER WODDIS / THE PRISIONER, EPISODE TEN / CINEMATOGRAPHER: BRENDAN J STAFFORD / EDITOR: LEE DOIG, GEOFFREY FOOT, JOHN S. SMITH, ERIC BOYD-PERKINS, NOREEN ACKLAND / MUSIC: ROBERT FARNON, WILFRED JOSEPHS / PRODUCTION CO: EVERYMAN FILMS, INCORPORATED TELEVISION COMPANY (ITC) / PRINTS/RIGHTS: UMBRELLA ENTERTAINMENT

When a new sadistic Number 2 drives a young woman to suicide, The Prisoner is determined to avenge her death. Playing on Number 2’s fears of authority, Number 6 puts a clever plan into motion, leading Number 2 to believe he is under surveillance and Number 6 is a spy for The Village.

It’s Your Funeral 1967

It’s Your Funeral 1967

Fri 9 Sep 6.00pm (with Hammer into Anvil) / Cinema B

DIGITAL VIDEO, COLOUR, MONO, 48 MINUTES, USA, ENGLISH / DIRECTOR: ROBERT ASHER / PRODUCER: PATRICK MCGOOHAN, DAVID TOMBLIN / SCRIPT: MICHAEL CRAMOY / THE PRISIONER, EPISODE ELEVEN / CINEMATOGRAPHER: BRENDAN J STAFFORD / EDITOR: LEE DOIG, GEOFFREY FOOT, JOHN S. SMITH, ERIC BOYD-PERKINS, NOREEN ACKLAND / MUSIC: ROBERT FARNON, WILFRED JOSEPHS / PRODUCTION CO: EVERYMAN FILMS, INCORPORATED TELEVISION COMPANY (ITC) / PRINTS/RIGHTS: UMBRELLA ENTERTAINMENT

The Village watchmaker, with the aid of his daughter, tricks The Prisoner into believing there is a plan to assassinate the new Number 2. Fearing reprisals for the whole village, Number 6 warns Number 2 of the plot, only to be discredited with the aid of a doctored tape. Number 6 soon realises he is being used and perhaps this Number 2 is not the intended victim after all.

A Change of Mind 1967

A Change of Mind 1967

Fri 16 Sep 6.00pm (with Do Not Forsake Me, Oh My Darling) / Cinema B

DIGITAL VIDEO, COLOUR, MONO, 48 MINUTES, USA, ENGLISH / DIRECTOR: RODGER PARKER / PRODUCER: PATRICK MCGOOHAN, DAVID TOMBLIN / SCRIPT: JOSEPH SERF / THE PRISIONER, EPISODE TWELVE / CINEMATOGRAPHER: BRENDAN J STAFFORD / EDITOR: LEE DOIG, GEOFFREY FOOT, JOHN S. SMITH, ERIC BOYD-PERKINS, NOREEN ACKLAND / MUSIC: ROBERT FARNON, WILFRED JOSEPHS / PRODUCTION CO: EVERYMAN FILMS, INCORPORATED TELEVISION COMPANY (ITC) / PRINTS/RIGHTS: UMBRELLA ENTERTAINMENT

The Prisoner is declared "unmutual" by The Village in what they claim is anti-social behaviour. He is ordered to undergo "Instant Social Treatment" – and operation to cause the "dislocation of the aggressive frontal lobe of the brain". Following the surgery, Number 6 realises he has been drugged and fooled into believing he has had the operation. Armed with this knowledge can he now turn The Village against Number2?

Do Not Forsake Me, Oh My Darling 1967

Do Not Forsake Me, Oh My Darling 1967

Fri 16 Sep 6.00pm (with A Change of Mind) / Cinema B

DIGITAL VIDEO, COLOUR, MONO, 48 MINUTES, USA, ENGLISH / DIRECTOR: PAT JACKSON / PRODUCER: PATRICK MCGOOHAN, DAVID TOMBLIN / SCRIPT: VINCENT TILSLEY / THE PRISIONER, EPISODE THIRTEEN / CINEMATOGRAPHER: BRENDAN J STAFFORD / EDITOR: LEE DOIG, GEOFFREY FOOT, JOHN S. SMITH, ERIC BOYD-PERKINS, NOREEN ACKLAND / MUSIC: ROBERT FARNON, WILFRED JOSEPHS / PRODUCTION CO: EVERYMAN FILMS, INCORPORATED TELEVISION COMPANY (ITC) / PRINTS/RIGHTS: UMBRELLA ENTERTAINMENT

The Village want Professor Seltman – and The Prisoner knows where he is. In an attempt to track him down, Number 6’s mind is transferred into another body then sent back to London. But a new face provides the challenge of convincing people who he really is. Seltzman is the only man he can turn to  - but tracking him down in Austria is just what The Village wants.

Living in Harmony 1967

Living in Harmony 1967

Fri 23 Sep 6.00pm (with The Girl Who Was Death) / Cinema B

DIGITAL VIDEO, COLOUR, MONO, 48 MINUTES, USA, ENGLISH / DIRECTOR/SCRIPT:  DAVID TOMBLIN / BASED ON A STORY BY DAVID TOMBLIN AND IAN L RAKOFF / PRODUCER: PATRICK MCGOOHAN, DAVID TOMBLIN / SCRIPT: GEORGE MARKSTEIN, DAVID TOMBLIN / THE PRISIONER, EPISODE FOURTEEN / CINEMATOGRAPHER: BRENDAN J STAFFORD / EDITOR: LEE DOIG, GEOFFREY FOOT, JOHN S. SMITH, ERIC BOYD-PERKINS, NOREEN ACKLAND / MUSIC: ROBERT FARNON, WILFRED JOSEPHS / PRODUCTION CO: EVERYMAN FILMS, INCORPORATED TELEVISION COMPANY (ITC) / PRINTS/RIGHTS: UMBRELLA ENTERTAINMENT

The Prisoner may be out of The Village, but he finds himself in Harmony – a wild western town in need of a Sheriff. Initially refusing, The Judge convinces Number 6 to accept the post, leading to a gun fight with a misfit known as “The Kid”. Number 6 has had enough and wants to resign, but The Judge has other ideas.

The Girl Who Was Death 1967

The Girl Who Was Death 1967

Fri 23 Sep 6.00pm (with Living in Harmony) / Cinema B

DIGITAL VIDEO, COLOUR, MONO, 48 MINUTES, USA, ENGLISH / DIRECTOR: DAVID TOMBLIN / PRODUCER: PATRICK MCGOOHAN, DAVID TOMBLIN / SCRIPT: TERENCE FEELY / THE PRISIONER, EPISODE FIFTEEN / CINEMATOGRAPHER: BRENDAN J STAFFORD / EDITOR: LEE DOIG, GEOFFREY FOOT, JOHN S. SMITH, ERIC BOYD-PERKINS, NOREEN ACKLAND / MUSIC: ROBERT FARNON, WILFRED JOSEPHS / PRODUCTION CO: EVERYMAN FILMS, INCORPORATED TELEVISION COMPANY (ITC) / PRINTS/RIGHTS: UMBRELLA ENTERTAINMENT

The Prisoner returns to his job tracking down a crazed scientist. His pursuit is challenged by the scientist’s daughter, aptly named “Death”, who is intent on protecting her father, setting a series of deadly traps leading Number 6 on a merry chase. Can he save London from an exploding rocket, or is this his final story?

Once Upon A Time 1967

Once Upon A Time 1967

Fri 30 Sep 6.00pm (with Fall Out) / Cinema B

DIGITAL VIDEO, COLOUR, MONO, 48 MINUTES, USA, ENGLISH / DIRECTOR/SCRIPT: PATRICK MCGOOHAN / PRODUCER: PATRICK MCGOOHAN, DAVID TOMBLIN / THE PRISIONER, EPISODE SIXTEEN / CINEMATOGRAPHER: BRENDAN J STAFFORD / EDITOR: LEE DOIG, GEOFFREY FOOT, JOHN S. SMITH, ERIC BOYD-PERKINS, NOREEN ACKLAND / MUSIC: ROBERT FARNON, WILFRED JOSEPHS / PRODUCTION CO: EVERYMAN FILMS, INCORPORATED TELEVISION COMPANY (ITC) / PRINTS/RIGHTS: UMBRELLA ENTERTAINMENT

Having used all known methods of extracting information from Number 6 and failing, Number 2 decides the final alternative is “Degree Absolute”. At the end of this process one of them will be dead and should it be Number 2, Number 6 will have his questions answered and meet with Number 1.

Fall Out 1967

Fall Out 1967

Fri 30 Sep 6.00pm (with Once Upon A Time) / Cinema B

DIGITAL VIDEO, COLOUR, MONO, 48 MINUTES, USA, ENGLISH / DIRECTOR/SCRIPT: PATRICK MCGOOHAN / PRODUCER: PATRICK MCGOOHAN, DAVID TOMBLIN / THE PRISIONER, EPISODE SEVENTEEN / CINEMATOGRAPHER: BRENDAN J STAFFORD / EDITOR: LEE DOIG, GEOFFREY FOOT, JOHN S. SMITH, ERIC BOYD-PERKINS, NOREEN ACKLAND / MUSIC: ROBERT FARNON, WILFRED JOSEPHS / PRODUCTION CO: EVERYMAN FILMS, INCORPORATED TELEVISION COMPANY (ITC) / PRINTS/RIGHTS: UMBRELLA ENTERTAINMENT

Following his success, The Prisoner is taken below The Village and presented as the victor. He is congratulated by all and will be given the chance to meet with Number 1 and those running The Village. Is this his moment to finally escape his captors and return home to London?