D H Lawrence - Sex, Exile and Greatness (DVD)
A documentary profile of the celebrated – and scandalous – British author.
A profile of the author, who was dogged by ill-health and poverty and often persecuted for his explicit subject matter and his uncompromising sense of personal truth.
In archive footage, John Mortimer talks us through the legal issues involved in the 1960 obscenity trial over Lady Chatterley’s Lover, and the programme takes in Lawrence’s wider battles with the censors, his romantic affairs and his work ethic.
Deeply sensitive yet at times aggressive, intensely preoccupied with sexuality and the truths of human nature, accused of misogyny and worse, Lawrence remains a writer of incredible ability, consistently challenging literary norms and hauntingly brave in his personal, intellectual and creative life.