Directed by: Basil Dearden

Monday, November 4, 2013

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Post-film discussion with McDermott & McGough!

The first film in the English language to ever use the word “homosexual”, Basil Dearden’s intense drama features an extraordinary performance by Dirk Bogarde (a British matinee idol whose own homosexuality has been well-documented), playing a married barrister who becomes a victim of a blackmailer targeting closeted gay men in London. Visual artists McDermott & McGough first saw the film in their teens, and it into their own hidden desires: “Today, homosexual blackmailing may not have so much power. But with the anti-gay laws passed in Russia and how homosexuals are treated in Africa, the Middle East, etc., Victim still resonates powerfully.”

NR, 90 Minutes
UK, 1961

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