LRB Screen: David Hare’s Wetherby at London Review Bookshop

I am thrilled and honoured to be introducing a rare screening of Wetherby (1985) on Friday 19 January 2018 as part of the wonderful London Review Bookshop’s screenings programme, and to celebrate publication of The Fountain in the Forest. Wetherby is playwright and screenwriter David Hare’s first film as director, and stars Vanessa Redgrave – I think it is a masterpiece.

I will be in conversation with writer, poet and CB Editions publisher Charles Boyle about the film after the screening. The evening will be hosted by Gareth Evans, film curator at the Whitechapel Gallery.

‘Hare’s first film as director, set in Yorkshire, does seem to be playing mind games. Tim McInnerny is the uninvited guest who twice turns up at the Wetherby home of schoolteacher Jean Travers (Redgrave) – first at a dinner party and then, the following day, to commit suicide in front of her. Flashbacks, to the night before and a dark episode in the teacher’s past, with Joely Richardson fittingly playing the young Travers, seek to cast light. Redgrave’s performance is superb and she’s ably supported by Ian Holm, Judi Dench, and Suzanna Hamilton in particular.’ – Nicholas Royle, Time Out

This promises to be a very special night, and booking is essential. Please join us.

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7:00pm, Friday 19 January 2018, London Review Bookshop, 14 Bury Place, London WC1N 2JL. Tickets £15.00 — Please click here for bookings

‘A Policeman who quits the force out of shame’ — Read this post about Wetherby from 2010

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