House on the Borderland

House on the Borderland (2017)

Single channel digital video
15 mins

House on the Borderland explores alternative publishing and censorship in Manchester via the history of Savoy Books, a Manchester based publishing house that published a wide array of material from comics and books to small press fiction and alternative paperbacks. Heavily persecuted in the 1970s and 80s, their bookshops were raided and their published content seized by conservative police commissioner James Anderton, so called ‘God’s Cop’.

Their first bookshop, House on the Borderland, set the formula on which others were based, reminiscent of the effervescent world of fanzines and bootleg records populating the streets of 1970s Manchester.


Featuring Michael Butterworth
Text by Fay Ballard
Sound Design and Mix by Simon Connor
Archive Material from North West Film Archive at Manchester Metropolitan and from Savoy Books personal collections.
Commissioned by HOME Manchester.


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