REVIEW – Wetherby (1985)

Videovista have my review of David Hare’s Wetherby.

I am a big fan of David Hare.  I think that his Via Dolorosa is fantastic piece of thinking on the Israel-Palestine question and I thought that his screenplay for Stephen Daldry’s The Reader (2008) was a lot more subtle than people gave it credit for (psst… it’s about collective guilt… not the redemptive power of reading).  As a result, it was an absolute pleasure to immerse myself in this DVD release of his 1985 film WetherbyWetherby is visually and thematically very similar to the work done for TV by Dennis Potter at around the same time but it is nowhere near as accessible.  Which is really saying something given the complexity of works like The Singing Detective and Pennies From Heaven.