London After Dark

Bitter Harvest

Peter Graham Scott’s 60s update of Patrick Hamilton’s novel.

Image from Bitter Harvest

UK 1963
Dir Peter Graham Scott
With Janet Munro, John Stride, Alan Badel, Anne Cunningham
101min
35mm
Certificate 12A

This film takes the centrepiece of Patrick Hamilton’s masterly London trilogy of novels, 20,000 Streets Under the Sky, updates it to the early 60s and then rattles through the turbulent events in a somewhat tidy 90 minutes. This simplification of the novel for maximum melodrama steers the film towards luridness, but it still has some queasily effective moments as it swan-dives into the stylings and attitudes of the period.

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