The Offence (Lumet, 1972): Barbican Centre, 6.30pm
film shows as part of the excellent Step Into The Dark season to
celebrate the opening of brand new screens at the Barbican Cinema. More
details here. Controversial visual artists Jake and Dinos Chapman join Gareth Evans for a discussion after the screening of their sinful selection, a film by Sidney Lumet, the celebrated director of 12 Angry Men, Serpico and Network.
Sean Connery stars
as a police detective pushed to breaking point by his latest
investigation, in this subtle study on police brutality and the line
between legitimate questioning and torture.
Time Out review:
'Adaptation of a stage play (This Story of Yours) by John Hopkins (of Z Cars).
Discreet as it is, the opening-out process (effected by Hopkins
himself) has sabotaged the strange, claustrophobic duel in which a
suspected child-molester (Bannen) and the cop obsessively convinced of
his guilt (Connery) find themselves subtly changing places during the
course of interrogation. Embedded in a 'realistic' police scene,
dialogue and situations now have a ring of arty melodrama. Fascinating,
nevertheless, with outstanding performances from Connery and
(especially) Ian Bannen.'
Here is an extract.