SATURDAY NIGHT AND SUNDAY MORNING (DVD)
A film by Karel Reisz
In the industrial streets and factories of Nottingham, the hard-living Arthur Seaton (Albert Finney, Tom Jones) spends his days at the factory bench, his evenings in the local pubs and his nights in the arms of Brenda (Rachel Roberts, This Sporting Life), the wife of a fellow factory worker. But when he meets Doreen (Shirley Anne Field, Alfie) he is forced to reconsider his devil-may-care attitude.
Based on the Alan Sillitoe's largely autobiographical novel, Saturday Night and Sunday Morning was a huge box-office success for the independent Woodfall Film Productions. Audiences were thrilled with its anti-establishment energy, gritty realism and outspoken working-class hero, and the film went to win three BAFTAs, including Best British Film and Most Promising Newcomer for Albert Finney.
- Commentary by film historian Robert Murphy, with writer Alan Sillitoe and cinematographer Freddie Francis, moderated by film historian Robert Murphy
- Interview with Shirley Anne Field (2009, 10 mins)
- Interview with Albert Finney (1982, audio-only 4 mins)
- We Are the Lambeth Boys (Karel Reisz, 1959, 49 mins): classic Free Cinema documentary looking at the lives of teenagers
UK | 1960 | black and white | English language, with optional hard-of-hearing subtitles | 85 minutes | Original aspect ratio 1.66:1 | DVD9 | PAL | PCM mono audio 48k/16-bit) | Cert PG (contains mild language and sex references) | Region 2