Sunday, 17 March 2013

Capital Celluloid 2013 - Day 84: Mon Mar 25

Women Beware Women (Flemyng, 1965): BFI Southbank, 6pm
Diana Rigg is at BFI Southbank for this fascinating look back on a Granada TV production.

Here is the BFI introduction: ‘A thundering production,’ wrote Mary Crozier in the Guardian about this tightly effective studio adaptation of Thomas Middleton’s drama of illicit desire. There had been no modern staging before a 1962 Royal Shakespeare Company presentation, so this was a bold choice for Granada. Diana Rigg stars, just before she debuted as The Avengers’ Emma Peel, and Gordon Flemyng’s cameras make the most of grilles, screens and staircases to conjure a rich visual style for the fiercely melodramatic action.

We are delighted to welcome a panel including Diana Rigg and the Artistic Director of the Royal Shakespeare Company, Gregory Doran (both work permitting) to discuss Jacobean tragedy on television. Illustrated with clips from such works as the rarely seen Women Beware Women (BBC-Open University 1981), the session will be chaired by producer and season curator John Wyver, whose recent TV credits include Macbeth and Julius Caesar.

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