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DVD from NETWORK/Studio Canal
on 15 April 2014
Network have again release a long lost film of some worth, in excellent condition. Crisp B/W print and good sound, Ratio 1.66. Extras include a theatrical trailer Image Gallery and Original Pressbook PDF (not seen by me). The film is very much of it's time - A bit kitchen sink tho perhaps not up to "Poor Cow"/Sat Nt and Sun Morning", but very like "Live Now Pay Later. June Ritchie, who gives what I felt was a career best performence,( but that's just me) plays a bored housewife-bored with her job, husband and much of life in general. Hendry is th salesman, slick and a womaniser, but not "the marrying Kind". This kind of role he could play in his sleep and here is utterly convincing. The sexual tension between him and Ritchie is palpable, and strong whilst not explicit. Annette Andre gives a strong performence as June's sister, and also in the cast is a very young John Hurt (miscast I feel as a boy no girl wants anything to do with, and he, as my wife said, was very sexy in 1963.). All in all it's 90 mins of good script, direction and acting, with some interesting location work. One sequence sticks in my mind-Ian and June search a junkyard/bombsite for her daughter, and all around them are local almost feral kids breaking bottles and generally having a ball, but it's scary. For lovers of sixties realist drama this is a must. (Oh and a word of praise for Mike Pratt as June's husband-so easy to overplay - but he, like everyone else is just right. Well done Network.