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Palace Pictures

Production Company

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Nik Powell and Steve Woolley started Palace in the early '80s as a specialist video distributor and subsequently moved into film distribution and production. It became 'a studio in miniature' as one writer put it but had collapsed as a viable concern by 1992.

If Goldcrest represents '80s mainstream film culture then Palace represents its underside. Its distribution catalogues were a gallery of '80s independents including John Cassavetes, the Coen brothers and John Waters from the USA, Mike Leigh and Peter Greenaway from Britain, together with an assortment of international art-house names such as Fassbinder, Oshima and Bertolucci, and Sam Raimi's horror classic - The Evil Dead (1983).

Its less experimental production record includes a number of Neil Jordan titles, The Company of Wolves (1984), Mona Lisa (1986) and The Crying Game (1992), Scandal (d. Michael Caton-Jones, 1988) about the Profumo affair of the 1960s, and the ill-fated Absolute Beginners (1985).

Angus Finney, The Egos Have Landed: the Rise and Fall of Palace Pictures, 1996.

Tom Ryall, Encyclopedia of British Film

Selected credits

Thumbnail image of Company of Wolves, The (1984)Company of Wolves, The (1984)

Hugely imaginative exploration and reinterpretation of fairytale myths

Thumbnail image of Letter to Brezhnev (1985)Letter to Brezhnev (1985)

Fresh, lively romance about love across the iron curtain

Thumbnail image of Mona Lisa (1986)Mona Lisa (1986)

Neil Jordan's unlikely romance set in a vicious world of pimps and prostitutes

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