THE L-SHAPED ROOM
On its release in 1962, The L-Shaped Room attracted international acclaim for its star Leslie Caron, who was awarded both a Golden Globe® and a BAFTA® She plays a young pregnant French woman, Jane, who arrives at dingy Notting Hill lodgings to have her illegitimate child in secret. She finds love and friendship among the assortment of outsiders living in the boarding house - all brought to life by writer/director Bryan Forbes’ sensitive ear for dialogue. In addition to the especially moving Cicely Courtneidge as a faded music hall star growing old alone and Pat Phoenix’s portrayal of a tart with a heart, the cast also includes Tom Bell as a struggling young writer who Jane falls for, and and Brock Peters as Johnny, a black jazzman rejected for more than his colour. Ever since Hitchcock’s The Lodger, the London boarding house has proved an evocative location through which to explore the underside of British society and The L-shaped Room’s sensitive study of social morals at the dawning of the Sixties sexual revolution, is no exception. This new release from Studiocanal features a 4K restored version of a British classic, available on DVD, Blu-Ray and Digital download on November 27 as part of the Vintage Classics collection. Extras include new interviews with Leslie Caron and Lynne Reid Banks (author of the original novel) and a new featurette: The L-Shaped Room & The British New Wave. You could win one of three DVDs of this bittersweet portrayal of the steamy side of life in 1960s London by answering this question: What is the name of Tom Bell’s character in the film? Send your answer on the form below by 15 February 2018, and the best of luck.