‘A haunting film, because it dares to suggest that the death of the stranger is important to everyone it touches - because it forces them to decide how alive they really are.’ - Roger Ebert
Writer and novelist Tony White launches his new book The Fountain in the Forest with this rare screening of Wetherby (1985) a film he loves and which has featured in much of his writing. Wetherby is playwright and screenwriter David Hare's first film as director and stars Vanessa Redgrave.
Tony 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