This release of a brand-new restoration of crime drama, West 11, stars Alfred Lynch, Kathleen Breck, Eric Portman and the inimitable Diana Dors. Based on a novel by Laura Del Rivo, director Michael Winner’s foray into British Social realism sees an authentic portrayal of the grittier, darker side of West London in the 60s. In Notting Hill’s jazz club, coffee bar and bedsit land of the early 1960s, Joe Beckett (Lynch) is a young unemployed misfit and drifter whose life takes a turn for the worse when he encounters Richard Dyce (Portman), an ex-army officer. Dyce persuades Beckett it will be in his interests to bump off Dyce’s wealthy aunt for her money. Beckett travels to the old lady’s house on the South coast, and prepares to murder her but loses his nerve and in a struggle, accidentally pushes her down a flight of stairs. Beckett returns to his digs and finds the police waiting for him. Having begun his film career as an assistant director of BBC television programmes, cinema shorts and full-length “B” productions, West 11 was Michael Winner’s first significant film as a director. He soon established a reputation as an efficient director of often violent action, thriller, and dark comedy films throughout the 1960s and 1970s and is remembered for both his collaborations with actors Charles Bronson and Oliver Reed as well as for being one of the most controversial British directors of recent times. This sympathetic study of rootless drifters filmed on location will be available on DVD, Blu-Ray and Digital platforms from July 5. You could win one of three Blu-ray copies of this exciting release, courtesy of Studiocanal, by answering the following question: Who wrote the screenplay for West 11? Send your name, address and the answer to email@example.com by 25 July 2021, and the best of luck.
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