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The Killing of Sister George

Year: 1968
Production Country: USA
Directed by: Robert Aldrich
Featuring: Beryl Reid / Susannah York / Coral Browne
Running time: 138min
Certificate: 18

Beryl Reid plays an ageing and unapologetic lesbian actress in Robert Aldrich's controversial film. Read more


According to John Trevelyan, Robert Aldrich’s adaptation of Frank Marcus’s play contained ‘a most explicit lesbian love scene [which was] easily removable since there was no backing of dialogue or music, so we removed it.’ Dissatisfied with the Board’s response, the distributors took the film to individual councils, several of whom (including the GLC) chose to ignore the BBFC ban. A ‘modified version’ was subsequently approved by the Board who had ‘no wish to encourage film material of this kind’.

*Introduced by Emma Smart


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