‘Look Back in Anger’ Talking Pictures channel premiere

❉ Another chance to see 1959 drama ‘Look Back In Anger’, starring Richard Burton as angry young man Jimmy Porter.

Tomorrow night (Monday 7 November), archive film & TV channel Talking Pictures TV present the channel premiere of 1959’s new wave classic ‘Look Back in Anger’, directed by Tony Richardson and adapted from John Osbourne’s establishment-rocking play, and starring Richard Burton, Claire Bloom and Mary Ure.

Richard Burton is a volatile force of nature, a frustrated musician living in near-poverty with his upper-middle class wife, Mary Ure. His pent-up rage, sometimes taken out on his delicate spouse, causes untold anguish and leads to an affair with Ure’s sensual friend, Claire Bloom. Will Burton come to his senses before driving away the one person most devoted to him?

Check out the official Talking Pictures TV trailer below.

‘Look Back in Anger’ was part of the “cinematic left hook” of the British New Wave that created a cultural earthquake, with its raw, brutal realism; as film & TV journalist Steve O’Brien wrote in a recent We Are Cult feature:

A cinematic offspring of the left-wing-driven plays and novels of the 50s, these pugnacious films were swiftly coined “kitchen sink dramas”, shifting the dramatic focus away from the comfortable middle and upper classes and onto the struggles and ambitions of the British working class. Influenced by the nervy, verite-like stylings of their French cousins, these directors often came from documentary features and brought with them a raw, brutal realism that was akin to a cultural earthquake in a cinema landscape dominated by cosy Ealing comedies, baroque Hammer horrors and – even then – patriotic WWII actioneers.

‘Look Back in Anger’ airs on Talking Pictures TV on Monday 7 November at 7:30pm.


❉ Watch Talking Pictures TV on Freeview 81, Sky 343, Freesat 306 and Youview 81.

Click here to view all the current TV schedules on the Talking Pictures TV Website.

❉ For more on British New Wave cinema, check out content from BBC Radio 4’s British New Wave season on BBC iPlayer.

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