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DIRECTOR Basil Dearden
CAST Dirk Bogarde, Sylvia Sims, Dennis Price, Anthony Nicholls
Dirk Bogarde gives the performance of his career in this compelling 1960s thriller about a married barrister who is being blackmailed over his relationship with another man.
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In presumably one of his most personal roles, Dirk Bogarde plays a married barrister whose life unravels when he is blackmailed with photographs of his relationship with another man. A classic of its time, released when sexual acts between men were illegal in the UK, it was the first English language film to use the word ‘homosexual’, and was given an X rating (recommended for adults only) by the BBFC. Yet, despite social and legal changes since, it remains worryingly pertinent today.
(1961 UK 96 mins B&W)
Basil Dearden’s methodical film shies away from hysteria and base shock tactics to focus on the personal, far-reaching trauma caused by this law. The ice-cool Farr thinks that, with his broad legal skill set, he can untangle this mess with compromise, backroom talks and sensible dealing, but he is quickly made to comprehend just how high the chips are stacked against him. Perhaps the most tragic element of the film is how ashamed he’s made to feel about his sexuality, but that he’s also genuinely in love with his wife. David Jenkins, Little White Lies
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BBFC advice: Contains mild bad language and sex references
Detailed advice from the BBFC (click on insight)
Festival tickets: Over 30s £7; 30 & under £5*
*except for The Wizard of Oz and Everybody’s Talking About Jamie.
Weekend festival pass: Over 30s £21; 30 & under £15
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The weekend pass (available for each weekend) will allow you to come to any festival ﬁlm over that weekend. You can buy the passes online and collect them at the cinema, but please book your tickets for the ﬁlms you wish to attend separately (you won’t have to pay but you will then be able to reserve your place) and bring your pass with you at all times.
This screening and the Rainbow Film Festival are made possible by the BFI’s Film Audience Network, with the support of The National Lottery.