5 September Film Show: On Sale Now
PHCL Film Show presents
A watershed in cinema history
Starring Dirk Bogarde
Directed by Basil Dearden
UK 1961 100 minutes
Introduction by Richard Cotton, Mayor of Camden
Victim was the first mainstream film to portray sympathetically and realistically homosexual society, and it did so at a time when homosexuality was still a crime in Britain. It starts with the police pursuing Jack Barrett, who has stolen several thousand pounds to pay off a blackmailer and is now on the run. Barrett tries desperately to get in touch with Melville Farr, a prosperous young barrister with a beautiful wife; but when arrested Barrett commits suicide rather than answer questions. So the police shift their attention to Farr (Dirk Bogarde) who is a deeply conflicted man: married and in love with his wife, he also has relationships with men; bound to uphold the law as part of his profession, but compelled to break it by his illegal desires.
Skilfully plotted and generating considerable tension, Victim was instrumental in changing attitudes and played its part in the repeal of the sexual Offences Act in 1967. The film was also a turning point for Dirk Bogarde, marking his transition from matinee idol to the more serious roles of his later films.
Doors open 7.15pm, Introduction 7.45pm, Film 8.00pm
£8.00 including glass of wine.
Tickets, up to two per person, on sale at the Library, Sharpleshall Street, NW1 8YN (on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays) or on the door.