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BFI reveals details of season dedicated to Harold Pinter

Jeremy Irons and Judi Dench in Harold Pinter's 1978 television play Langrishe Go Down. Photo: Richard Farley/Radio Times Archive)
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Theatre critic Michael Billington will curate a season of screenings and discussions at the BFI dedicated to Harold Pinter’s work, to mark the 10th anniversary of the playwright’s death.

Among those contributing to the event are Lia Williams, Gina McKee and Jamie Lloyd.

The two-month season, Pinter on Screen: Power, Sex and Politics, will celebrate Pinter’s film and television work, and its relationship with the stage.

The events will take place at the BFI’s South Bank home.

As part of the programme, a series of Pinter’s rare television plays will be screened. These include The Dumb Waiter, Langrishe Go Down – starring Judi Dench and Jeremy Irons – two versions of The Caretaker and two versions of The Birthday Party, the second of which features Pinter as an actor.

Films such as Pinter’s trilogy – The Servant, Accident and The Go-Between – will also be screened as will films for which he contributed as a screenwriter. These include a 1990 adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale, and a version of John Fowles’ The French Lieutenant’s Woman, which won him an Oscar nomination.

Panel discussions include one on writing for screen on July 3, discussing Pinter’s work for TV and film and exploring the way in which his dramas have crossed between screen and stage. Another, Pinter’s Women, will feature guests including McKee, Williams and Lloyd. This will take place on July 29.

Lloyd will also join a discussion on August 19 about Pinter’s politics, in which he will discuss his upcoming revival of One for the Road alongside documentary activist John Pilger.

One for the Road is part of the previously announced Pinter at the Pinter, a West End season staging all 20 of his short plays over a six-month period. Lloyd is leading on the project, directing several of the productions.

It is being produced by Ambassador Theatre Group, which is partnering with the BFI for Pinter on Screen.

Pinter on Screen runs from July 1 to August 31.

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