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I have just finished watching this film on TV and I was totally absorbed. The casting was perfect, the coastal locations bleak but with a strange beauty as only our coasts have, and the story itself is haunting. This beautifully crafted film, reminiscent of Nick Roeg's adaptation of Daphne du Maurier's 'Don't Look Now', is a credit to the British Film industry. It just goes to prove that you don't need mega amounts of money and 'A list' Hollywood stars to make an thoughtful and very watchable film. In particular, I thought Shirley Henderson as Kath Swarbrick and Roshan Seth as Noyen Roy, were both superb and brought sensitivity to their roles which was both understated and convincing. The direction by Juliet McKoen and screenplay by her and Jayne Steel were, I thought, pretty much faultless. Some viewers have complained about the slow pace - unfortunately now-days the art and skill of building tension or atmosphere gradually is in danger of being lost in favour of crashing out everything at breakneck speed. I loved this film - if you're considering buying it on DVD, 10% of the proceeds goes towards the Suzy Lamplugh Trust.
The Love School: The Brotherhood (1975)
The Love School aka The Brotherhood
Oh how I wish this excellent drama was available to buy, but unfortunately the BBC don't have any plans to release it. Unlike 'Desperate Romantics' currently showing on BBC television (Aug.2009) 'The Love School' actually portrayed the artists' ART as well as their lives and managed to do so without all the breathless and rather too frequent sex scenes or ridiculous 'Carry On' film style music all the way through. It also featured world-class actors and actresses who actually looked like the characters they were portraying. If you would like to be able to buy a DVD of the series, I urge you to write to the BBC - perhaps if they get bombarded with requests they may listen to the people who pay them their licence fees and release it for sale.