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Waris Hussein

A Passage to India

+ intro by Waris Hussein and actor Virginia McKenna

A sensitive and intelligent realisation of EM Forster’s novel about friendships in a difficult cultural climate.

Image from A Passage to India + intro by Waris Hussein and actor Virginia McKenna

Play of the Month. BBC 1965
Dir Waris Hussein
With Sybil Thorndike, Virginia McKenna, Saeed Jaffrey, Zia Mohyeddin, Cyril Cusack
110min

As the lone director of Asian decent working in BBC drama at the time, Hussein was the obvious choice to bring a level of detail and truth to this historically important production that came well before David Lean’s famous film version. He rejected the custom of the time – in which well-known white actors played Indian characters – to assemble a fine and diverse cast. The result is a sensitive and intelligent realisation of EM Forster’s novel, achieved with the limited resources of TV production at the time and displaying the obvious directorial skill of a very young Hussein.

Joint ticket available with Waris Hussein in Conversation, £15, concs £12 (Members pay £2 less).


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