The Nick Broomfield Collection (16 Film DVD Set) at Zavvi - £13.99
The Nick Broomfield Collection (16 Film DVD Set) at Zavvi - £13.99

The Nick Broomfield Collection (16 Film DVD Set) at Zavvi - £13.99

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Perhaps a bit of a niche product for many in the HUKD community, the 'Nick Broomfield Collection' is - at the moment - only 13.99 over at Zavvi. Including sixteen of the legendary documentarian's films over 12 discs, the next cheapest price for this boxset is 25.99 (via The Hut); I happily paid more than that at its release.

(Also, for those balking at this collection's DVD format, I believe that there has yet to be a Blu Ray release of any of Broomfield's works.)

Official product spiel below:

Ground-breaking, uncompromising and armed with his sound boom and his trusty Nagra tape recorder, Nick Broomfield has been making documentary films for over 30 years - all with a common purpose; the relentless pursuit of truth.

This DVD boxset pulls together 16 of his most famous and renowned films, from his early short film Proud to Be British (1973), through his early years and his first big breakthrough with the self-reflective Driving Me Crazy in 1988.

The explosion of popular culture in the mid-late 90s led to his most popular films, with expose looks at the likes of LA-based Madam Heidi Fleiss (1995), two of the decade's most enduring music icons in Kurt and Courtney (1998) and an investigation into the still unsolved murders of two of the biggest superstars of rap in Biggie and Tupac (2002).

Along the way, Nick Broomfield chases after former British Prime Minister Mrs Thatcher in Tracking Down Maggie (1994), visits a famous S&M parlour in New York in Fetishes (1996), trains with young female US Army recruits in Soldier Girls (1981) interviews America's female serial killer Aileen Wuornos (twice!), and finally embarks on a quest to find the real person behind the persona in his latest film, Sarah Palin: You Betcha (2011).

Multi-award winning, and a true forerunner to the likes of Michael Moore, Louis Theroux and Werner Herzog, Nick Broomfield remains a genuine British filmmaking legend.

Films included:

Proud To Be British, 1973
Behind The Rent Strike, 1974
Tattooed Tears
Soldier Girls, 1981
Chicken Ranch, 1982
Driving Me Crazy, 1988
The Leader, His Driver and His Driver's Wife, 1991
Aileen Wuornos: The Selling of a Serial Killer, 1992
Aileen: Life and Death of a Serial Killer, 2003
Tracking Down Maggie, 1994
Heidi Fleiss: Hollywood Madam
Fetishes, 1996
Kurt & Courtney, 1997
Biggie and Tupac, 2002
His Big White Self, 2006
Sarah Palin: You Betcha!, 2011


Fantastic film maker, heat added.

If anyone is unsure if this will be there thing or not, check out Netflix which has a few of his docs.

Does anyone remember the VW ads he did a few years back, now that was niche!

The Aileen films are great!


The Aileen films are great!

I loved the Ridley Scott and James Cameron ones, but the third one and Resurrection are a bit ropey in places.

Nick Broomfield has a unique style and method of entering his subject. There are a few films here I have not seen so very well worth buying for that reason alone but 16 titles for £14 is a great deal. The only downside for me is that since buying a Blu-Ray player, I have tried to avoid buying DVDs - but hey!


Everyone at school used to talk about the Fetishes film for years after it was on Channel 4. They'd say what was in it and we'd all say they were lying. One lad always used to say he was going to make some 'Elixir' when he went for a wee. Such good fun. It's hard to get shocked by anything any more.

EDIT: No, I was wrong, the thing I was talking about is "Hookers, Hustlers, Pimps and their Johns" - did anyone else watch that when they were still in school and have the same experience of it turning into something bigger than the royal wedding?

Edited by: "Duelling.Duck" 28th Feb
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