For its time, The Killing of Sister George was a ground breaking film, and one of the first films in history to be released with an ‘X’ rating in the United States. Set in 1968, it has historic meaning and is a landmark in queer cinema.
The film centres around the soon-to-be-ending television career of June Buckridge (Beryl Reed) – a staple of a long-running British soap opera based in a bucolic and idyllic English countryside town called ‘Applehurst’. On that series, she plays a motor-scooter-riding jack-of-all-trades (nanny, health provider, sage, best friend) – a feisty yet lovable and omnipresent voice of reason in the small town.
Fiercely protective of her career and her character, she is equally fierce and protective of her live-in lover, ‘Alice’ (or ‘Childie’ as she is ‘affectionately’ called by her lover) (Susannah York).
When: Wednesday 13 February
Where: LG140 Hallward Library, University Park Campus
6.00pm Introduction by Dr Sue Price, Assistant Professor in Counselling, School of Education
6.10pm Film (2 hours, 20 minutes)
This event is free to attend and all are welcome. For more information, and to book your place, please visit the event page.
Refreshments will be provided on arrival. Attendees are welcome to bring their own food.
This film contains scenes of a sexual nature, which some viewers may find disturbing. Attendees must be aged 18 or over.
Presented as part of LGBT History Month.