• Director

    John Maybury

  • With

    Derek Jacobi, Daniel Craig, Tilda Swinton, Anne Lambton

  • UK 1998. 91min

  • Digital

  • Certificate


Subtitled ‘Study for a Portrait of Francis Bacon’, this charts the steady decline of the painter’s relationship with lover, model and muse George Dyer, a small-time crook Bacon first encounters burgling his house. The clash of personalities and social groups (Soho sophisticates and East End criminals) produces a sharp drama built around dominance and submission; the two leads are excellent, the images fittingly febrile.

The screening on Wednesday 30 August will be introduced.

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