A Class of His Own: The Films of Jack Clayton

Our Mother’s House

Seven children fend for themselves after their mother’s death in this underrated take on innocence lost.

Image from Our Mother’s House

UK 1967
Dir Jack Clayton
With Pamela Franklin, Mark Lester, Louis Sheldon Williams, Dirk Bogarde
Certificate 15

‘A movie about children, but not for children!’ ran the publicity campaign for Clayton’s unusual and underrated fourth feature – the story of seven orphans fending for themselves after the death of their mother. The idea may be macabre, but the young cast are a revelation and their bubble is burst only by the arrival of their absent father, a delicious cameo from Dirk Bogarde.

The screening Tuesday 7 December will be introduced.

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