The Singing Detective (Amiel, 1986): ICA London, 10.45am
A rare one-day screening of all six episodes of Dennis Potter’s widely acclaimed 1986 TV series The Singing Detective. This is the first time the whole series will be shown in its entirety in the UK on the big screen.
Psychoanalyst Don Campbell leads the following day's discussion panel
on the nature of art and psyche, creativity and fantasy. The panel
includes Kenith Trodd - the series' producer and champion of ambitious
literary drama, Dr. David Bell - psychoanalyst and author of a seminal
critique of the series, and actor Patrick Malahide (Hunted, The Paradise) and Dame Janet Suzman.
artistically and psychologically radical TV drama sees Potter engaging
directly with our inner lives, the fantasies, terrors and longings that
drive and obstruct us, and the difficulty of distinguishing past from
present, fantasy from reality, and other from self. We meet Potter’s
protagonist Philip Marlow, a detective fiction writer, at the moment of a
profound crisis of his life. His suspicious detective instinct has been
finally turned in upon his own fractured world of haunting memories and
destructive delusions. Michael Gambon gives one of the great
performances of his career as the tormented, conflicted Marlow, bringing
Potter’s screenplay to painfully turbulent life.
born Janet Suzman has enjoyed a rich career in film, television and
theatre as both a performer and director. She has twice won the Evening
Standard Best Actress Award and also had Academy Award and Golden Globe
Nominations. Janet was appointed Dame Commander of the Order of the
British Empire for services to drama in 2011.
Further details at www.beyondthecouch.org.uk
Here is an extract.