The Go-Between (DVD)
Moving and delicately drawn, this fresh, vital BBC adaptation brings LP Hartley’s iconic novel to a new generation. Starring Vanessa Redgrave, Jim Broadbent, Lesley Manville and Stephen Campbell Moore.
When the reserved, elderly Leo Colston comes across a childhood diary, he recalls the painful events of the summer that shaped his character.
Fifty years earlier, a 12-year-old Leo is spending the long, hot summer of 1900 with the family of a schoolfriend, Marcus, at their elegant country mansion. Utterly in thrall to the glamorous Maudsley family and their guests, Leo is soon befriended by Marcus’s beautiful older sister Marian, who persuades him to act as messenger between her and her lover Ted, a charismatic local farmer.
Marian’s overbearing mother is manoeuvring for her to marry Hugh Trimingham, a wealthy aristocrat who’s been badly disfigured at war. But as Marian’s clandestine affair becomes ever more intense, Leo is drawn into a complex game of deceit and desire.
Running Time: 90 minutes
Region: Region 2
Release Date: 21 Sept. 2015